3. What are the characteristics of scientific publications and how do I identify the different types of publications in references? Journal articles

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Journal articles are excellent sources for detailed analysis or up-to-date information on a topic. Such articles are from publications that are published periodically in regular intervals, e.g. monthly, quarterly, annually, or even irregular intervals.


Blackburn, H.M. and Melbourne W.H. The effect of free-stream turbulence on sectional lift forces on a circular cylinder. J. Fluid Mechanics 136(1990) 171-200

[5] Colella, P. Multidimensional upwind methods for hyperbolic conservation laws. J. Comput. Phys. 87(1990) 171-200

The part in italics is the title of the journal. If you do not know what the full journal title is you can look it up in the MathSciNet journal and serial database. If you want to see whether the article is available in the library check on the journal title.
In order to avoid too many hits, you can add the option Type: journal in combination with (keywords from) the journal title.

Journals or periodicals are available in electronic format. If the CWI has a current subscription the link to the online version is also included in the library catalogue.
Older journal volumes may still be available in print only. If you cannot find an electronic version of an older article on the Internet please do not forget to check the catalogue.

Some of the current e-journal licences include the so-called Big Deal arrangements. Big Deal is an online aggregation of journals that publishers offer as a one-price package. Those publishers are included in this overview.

Through corporations with other libraries CWI can also offer journal titles on subject fields like physics and biology.

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