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Finding, reading and referencing relevant journal articles will get you the highest marks:

**This method of searching journals is only advised for postgraduate level and above**

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Which are the best journals?

Sometimes your lecturers will ask you to find and use articles from specific journals which are highly ranked.

The preferred method of ranking in the Business Faculty is the Chartered Association of Business Schools Academic Journal Guide.

You must register on the cABS website to view the guide.

Preparing a list of ABS journals to search:

  1. Once you have accessed the guide, select your subject area from the 'Show All Fields' drop-down boxes (e.g. Strategy).
  2. Note which journals are in which category, 1, 2, 3, 4 or 4*. 4* journals are the highest ranked and are considered to be journals of distinction.
  3. Copy and paste the title and ISSN of the journals you wish to search into a word processing, excel or text document and save this file!

There is no quick and easy way to search within particular cABS ranked journals. The following two options are recommended:

OPTION 1) Do a publication search in Business Source Complete

Use the 'Publications' option in Business Source Complete (or EconLit for economics) - find this option on the bar at the top of the screen.

Most cABS journals are available in Business Source Complete but many will only have bibliographic details rather than the full text of the article. The full text, if we have it, may be available in another database, and there will be a link to the article on the list of results.

If you can't find a particular title, use our ejournals search to check we have a subscription and where it is from, and then search and/or access these titles independently.

  • Search for each journal title you want in the Browsing box by clicking 'Browse'.
  • Tick the journal you want and then click 'Add'. The journal title will be added to the search box at the top of the screen. You can search and add as many journal titles as you wish in one go.
  • Click 'Search' - the results will be all articles that have ever been published in any of these journals.
  • Use the additional search boxes to add your keywords or topic area, and click 'Search'.

Now save your search so you can try out different keywords within the same journals:

  • Click on 'Search History' and then 'Save Searches/Alerts'.
  • You will be asked to Sign in with Google: use your University account details.
  • Name your saved search and save it.
  • You will now be able to retrieve this search, re-run it and edit it and it will be stored in your account.

OPTION 2) Do an ISSN search in Discovery

You can also do this in Business Source Complete or EconLit but Discovery searches more titles.

  • Use the Advanced Search in Discovery and choose the ISSN field.
  • Enter the ISSN of a journal you want to search without the hyphen.
  • Type OR and then enter the next ISSN number.
  • Continue this with as many ISSNs as you want to search.
  • Enter your search terms in the boxes underneath - choose Title or Abstract or All Text.
  • All your results will be from the journals with the ISSNs you have specified.

Now save your search so you can try out different keywords within the same journals:

  • Click on 'Search History' and then 'Save Searches/Alerts'.
  • You will be asked to Sign in with Google: use your University account details.
  • Name your saved search and save it.
  • You will now be able to retrieve this search, re-run it and edit it and it will be stored in your account.

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 Hannah Porter

Faculty Librarian

email hannah.porter@port.ac.uk

phone (023) 9284 3238

 Lizzie Wildgoose

Assistant Faculty Librarian

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phone (023) 9284 3452