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Journal articles and Databases

The University of Bristol Library subscribes to a huge number of journals and conference proceedings electronically. 

If an electronic version is not available, we may have it in print. This is sometimes the case for older journal articles (pre-1999). Print copies of journals and conference proceedings are held in our libraries and can be located using Library Search. If in doubt, please contact your Subject Librarian.

  • If you do not have a specific journal in mind then the most effective way to search for journal articles, conference proceedings, and beyond is to use the large number of bibliographic databases that the Library subscribes to. 

If you are on campus you can access most databases and ejournals directly.

For off-campus access, use the links to resources from Library pages like this to ensure you gain access to all our subscribed content. You can also instal a browser plugin, like LibKey Nomad, to help.

The most popular databases for locating journal articles in Mathematics are:

Browzine - access the Library's ejournals collection

Browzine is a website/app that allows you to browse, read and keep up-to-date with the key journals in your subject field on your PC, smartphone or Tablet. The website hosts thousands of the University of Bristol's subscribed scholarly journals, plus a large range of open access titles, generally with access going back to 2005. You can:

  • save full text articles to a personal library;
  • create a bookshelf of favourite journals;
  • save citations to EndNote, Mendeley and other bibliographic software;
  • share articles with others;
  • set alerts to new issues of journals.

To get started, click on the Browzine link above and you will be prompted to 'Choose my Library' (if you are already logged in elsewhere as a UoB member you may be automatically recognised):

  • Search or browse to the 'University of Bristol' and click to authenticate.
  • Login with your UoB username and password.
  • You can set up a personal account to access additional functionality such as My Articles or My Bookshelf.

Browzine - easy access to ejournals

Quick access to academic journals

Guide to Searching MathSciNet

Keeping up to date

The ZETOC service will email you the tables of contents of new journal issues as they are published. It covers a wide range of subjects and you can select multiple journals.

Many bibliographic databases allow you to set search alerts which will automatically inform you of new publications issued on topics that are of interest to you.

To set up a search alert you will normally have to take 4 steps:

  1. Set up a personal account on the database you wish to use, this will allow you save searches and alerts.
  2. Create your search and run it to check the results.
  3. Save the search as an alert.
  4. Set up the details of the alert by indicating how you would like to receive the alert (via E-mail or RSS feed) and with what frequency.

Citation Alerts

Citation alerts can be set to automatically notify you when a particular research article or conference paper is cited by a new publication appearing in a bibliographic database.

Want to know who is citing you?

Some databases also allow you to set up citation alerts to an author rather than a single publication. You can use citation alerting to help you keep track of who is citing your own work. Citation alerts can be set up on scientific literature databases such as SCOPUS and Web of Science.