What is a journal?
A journal is a regular publication that is published weekly, monthly or quarterly. They are subject based and contain articles written by experts or professionals in that subject. University of Suffolk library has a wide range of journals, available both in hard copy or online as e-journals
Journals may also be referred to as periodicals and serials, they are just different words for the same publication. Find out more
How do I find journal articles?
You can find journal articles by using our resource discovery tool, Summon. this tool will also highlight key databases for your search, and allow you to search them individually.
For further journals on the subject of Law, Politics & Government click here
What is an abstract?
An abstract is a summary of the research written in a small number of words (typically half a page at most)..
They're often found at the beginning of dissertations, theses, or journal articles. The abstract should give the reader enough information about the research to make them recognise its significance and assess whether it is relevant to the particular area they are researching.
This section is important because it potentially saves you time reading, by allowing you to get a feel for the contents of the article without having to read through it entirely.
What is peer review?
What are Impact Factors?
The Journal Impact Factor is a method of ranking a particular title against others in the field. Ranking is undertaken annually and arrived at using a formula based on the number of times articles in a particular journal have been cited in the previous two years divided by the total number of articles published in the journal title in the last two years.
Journal Impact Factors are primarily used in the scientific publishing community, but are increasingly being applied to humanities journals
How do I find out the impact factor of a journal?
You can access Journal Citation Reports (JCR) through the Web of Science database.
Once in Web of Knowledge select Additional Resources and search for the journal title that you want to find.
Where can I find print journals in the library?
The USC Bury St. Edmunds library provides students with a small number of print version journals.
The current print journals are located on the ends of the aisles of the book shelves and back issues are in the quiet study room just off the University of Suffolk/HE study zone.
Whilst some students prefer to access print copies of journals, it is important to remember that the majority of journals available for access are online, and can be found using Summon, or the A-Z of ejournals link.
A typical case citation:
Howell v Lees-Millais  EWCA Civ 720
Cases are normally referred to by the names of the two parties concerned in the law case. In this case the court action is brought by Howell (the client) who is in dispute with Lees-Millais (the respondent). The remainder of the citation gives details of the law report series in which the case can be found - Court of Appeal (Civil Division) and the page number.
Neutral citations were introduced in 2001 to the Court of Appeal and the Administrative Court and extended in 2002 to all divisions of the High Court.
A typical neutral citation for the case R v Mirzais is:
 UKHL 2
This citation incorporates the year, in square brackets, followed by the court and case number of the approved judgement, the text of which can be found online:
Most legal citations use abbreviations for the law report series. For an explanation these abbreviations use the Cardiff Index:
To find a law report use the use the following database: