STEPS Library Support

Library information and help for Skills for Tertiary Education Preparatory Studies (STEPS) students

How do I find a specific journal article?

Use the Library Search box to search for specific journal articles (print and online) that are held in the Library's collection.  

Note:  If given a citation (reference) to a journal article, it is recommended that you search for the article using a part or all of the title in the first instance.

The following image shows you how:

Citation:  Yuen Lie Lim, L. (2011). A comparison of students' reflective thinking across different years in a problem-based learning environment. Instructional Science39(2), 171-188.


Additional information

The Library subscribes to thousands of journals and many different types of journals exist.

Most of the Library's journals are available online within various databases. It is important to remember that the journals (and the articles within them) which are contained within the Library's subscription databases* are not available via the Web.

* See the Library's Databases webpage where you can browse for databases according to discipline areas or access a particular database from an alphabetical listing.

How do I find journal articles on a topic?

Use Library Search to find journal articles (print and online) in the Library's collection on a particular topic.  The following image shows you how:

Topic:  Why do you think it is important that students reflect on their learning?  Discuss the role of reflection

You would initially conduct the following keyword search (although remember that relevant results could be obtained using different combinations of keywords):


Check the Search Tips tab in this Guide to help you search more effectively and efficiently.

When the results list appears, you will then need to limit to articles from journals by choosing one of the following options from the right menu:

Option 1:

Click on the word Peer-reviewed Journals under the Show only section

Option 2:   

Click on the word Articles under the Content type section


Note:  Peer reviewed journals are considered more scholarly than articles in this instance.