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How to introduce your students to academic journals

Author: Michelle Breen
Categories: Academic Journals
When: Monday, August 23, 2021 - 13:15

For many coming to University for the first time, or returning to education from a period of absence, the word ‘journal’ is synonymous and interchangeably used with the word diary. Who could be surprised to see a bewildered look on a student’s face when they are told that

a) journals contain articles
b) articles are indexed and held within databases

Jargon can get in the way of a good learning experience and the acquisition of new vocabulary at college is a challenge for students. There is an annual effort in university libraries and classrooms to teach students about the benefits of our scholarly collections, including the peer-reviewed journal collections but it can be difficult to explain, as with many concepts, without visual aids.

To address this, the library has subscribed to this year, a new product called Browzine

BrowZine creates the online equivalent experience of browsing a newsstand and reading a print journal. BrowZine consolidates thousands of peer-reviewed journals that the University of Limerick subscribes to and delivers them to a phone, tablet or computer.  The BrowZine service is available for all UL students, faculty, researchers and staff to use, and the app is free to install, through UL’s subscription. Instructions about getting started using Browzine are detailed here libguides.ul.ie/Browzine

Teaching staff are welcome to refer students to the library’s video Searching for a Journal Article

Let us know what you think of Browzine and if you need any help getting started or require a session with your students about finding scholarly information for projects or research as the semester progresses.