Answered By: Ming Guang Han
Last Updated: Jun 11, 2015     Views: 218

Generally when searching for articles on a topic it is usually not advisable to restrict your search to only specific journals as you may miss out many relevant articles, unless the topic is extremely narrow such that only one or two specialized journals cover that specific topic.

Searching Subject specific databases or even a broad search service like our own FindMore@NUSL (how to restrict to specific disciplines e.g Economics, Physics), Google Scholar, A&I Databases are usually better strategies here.

Still, it might be a good idea to figure out which are important journals in your area to subscribe to for general awareness and keeping up.

One way to know what journals are important is to look at the  impact factors given. Impact factors measure how well cited in total the articles are in each journal (taking into account number of articles published in the journal) and is a rough measure of how prestigious each journal is.

Impact factors aren't everything and very specialised journals relevant to your topic may not have impact factors or may have low impact factors. 

To browse for journals by subjects

1. At the top of every library page, select Resources->E-Journals->By Subject or go directly.

2. You can also go to our new experimental A-Z eJournal page  . This allows you to search and browse by subjects including ones based on MESH. Do note that this A-Z E-Journal page currently isn't comprehensive & has most but not all the ejournals subscribed by NUS Libraries and some free or open access journals. 

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