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Finding information for Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation Sciences

Finding Information for Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation Sciences

Activity 3: Using FindIt@Bham for Journal Articles

Panopto video above from Library Services (includes sub-titles)

Searching on FindIt@Bham

  • For full information and help with using FindIt@Bham to locate library resources, please consult our online FindIt@Bham guide
  • Use this Activity to learn how to search for articles and browse journals on FindIt@Bham.  Then apply the techniques when searching on your own set topics

Finding journal articles: Article Search on FindIt@Bham

Journal articles are an important source of information for your research because academic journals are where researchers publish their most recent findings and discuss their ideas in detail.  It may be several years before these ideas are published in book form.

Go to FindIt@Bham - and sign in at the top right with your University login (username and password).

  • In the drop-down menu at the end of the central search bar, choose Article Search.
  • You can use Article Search to find a particular article or to do a basic literature search.  Try doing both now.  Search for the following article:

Example: Mevorach, C., (2010) Ignoring the elephant in the room: a neural circuit to downregulate salience.  The Journal of Neuroscience, Vol.30(17), p.6072-9,

  • If you have a full reference it is useful to type in some keywords from the title along with the family name of the author or perhaps the title of the journal. 
  • Remember to select ArticleSearch from the drop-down menu

Article search screen in FindIt with keywords for locating article


  • In your results list you will see that the keywords and phrases you used are underlined in yellow

Article records in FindIt for the required article


  • Click View Full Text to get to the full text of this article. 

Article record in FindIt


  • If there is more than one blue link available, choose the one that best suits your needs or is a service you are familiar with. Click on the link to connect to the online article.
  • All publisher webpages look slightly different but you should be able to find a link to read the full-text. It might appear as one of the following: PDF, HTML, Word, Download or Export.
  • Now try a more general subject search for an area of interest to you.  Don’t forget to use the post-search refine options on the right-hand column of the FindIt@Bham screen when you see your results. 
  • See the section below for advice on locating a whole journal on FindIt

Finding Journals - online

  • To find and browse a journal online, go to FindIt@Bham and choose the Online Items option in the drop-down menu at the end of the search bar.
  • Then enter the journal title in the search bar, not the title of an article.  For example, the Journal of Rehabilitation Research and Development.
  • In the list of results, locate the ejournal (online) record.  NB: check for the date range in the record, as there may be more than one record covering different years.

FindIt result screen for a journal


  • Click on View Online to see which years we have online and to find the links to the full text of the electronic journal

Finding Journals - in print

  •  If there is no electronic version, re-do the search, but instead of Online Items, choose Library Catalogue in the search bar drop-down menu to include print as well as e- journals
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