Game of Loans

GAME OF LOANSDespite the comprehensive collection of online journals, e-books, datasets and print items you can access through the library, you may find that you’re not able to find what you’re looking for. If this happens don’t despair Document Supply Services are here to help.

You can use our inter-library loan request service to borrow or obtain a copy of an item from another library.  Document Supply Services will scour the seven kingdoms to obtain journal articles, books, theses and conference papers from local, national and international libraries.

All staff and registered students of Swansea University can use the inter-library loan service.  Making a request will incur a charge for your department and only members of academic staff are permitted to authorise requests. Alternatively, you can make a personal payment for an inter-library loan. A charge will be added to your library account when the item arrives.

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You can use the COPAC to search for items which are held at a number of other libraries. The COPAC allows you to search the catalogues of over 90 libraries at once, including the UK national libraries, University libraries, and specialist libraries.

“A mind needs books as a sword needs a whetstone, if it is to keep its edge.”
George R.R. Martin, A Game of Thrones

Trial access to The Sustainable Organization Library


The sustainable Organization Library (SOL) is a collection of almost 10,000 journal articles, book chapters, case studies and research reports on sustainability.

Subjects covered include

  • Sustainability
  • Social responsibility/ business in society
  • Responsible leadership
  • Ethics
  • Innovation, entrepreneurism and social enterprise
  • Environmental management
  • Corporate governance
  • Government and policy
  • Reporting and standards
  • Sustainability in Higher Education
  • Poverty
  • Gender and diversity
  • Responsible investment and finance, including microfinance


Please check out the information available and let us know what you think.

You can access SOL whilst on campus for the next 60 days.

How to read a journal article (the easy way)


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Journal articles are not always easy to read and often you will not need to read the whole thing to learn if it will be useful to you or to understand the main arguments. The articles below are taken from material at other universities and are aimed at undergraduates:

Reading journal articles” is part of a great page on Reading at University from Napier University. This section is short but illustrates the general format of journal articles – the abstract and conclusion are good places to start.

Evaluating journal articles” – from the University of Bath. A reminder that the quality and value of articles will vary and how to check.

A more advanced explanation of both these aspects is on Champlain College’s “Understanding Scholarly Articles” web page. This gives more information on the different sections within a journal article. A “Background”/”Literature Review” section can be extremely useful for surveying a topic in a more general sense (journal articles can have a very specific research focus). More recent articles will have the most up-to-date literature reviews.

Exploring one of our top resources: Proquest Business Collection

Screenshot of the Proquest logo

One of our top business resources is Proquest Business Collection. Easy to use, it makes finding scholarly journal articles as fast and straightforward as Googling (or faster: the quality of results is guaranteed so no need to analyse the source).

Under the hood, this is actually the following distinct databases:

So as well as a strong coverage of business topics, it is also a good bet for anything in the specific areas mentioned above. We have our own guide to the database (PDF) but to get the most out of it, try the in-depth resources that Proquest themselves provide:

Detailed User Guide (PDF)

YouTube playlist of videos that cover every aspect of the interface. Most of the videos are under 2 minutes long. Try using the thesaurus to help you find the best search terms for your topic:


or the Advanced Search for power-searching tips:


Note: The Business Collection shares the same interface as other Proquest subject resources (e.g. ASSIA) so the Proquest guides refer to the general interface, not the business collection specifically.

Need journal articles for an assignment?

Quotes about using journal articles

Lots of assignment briefs expect you to find and use academic journal articles. Our handy 2-page guide gives you:

  • 4 quick & easy places to find journal articles (plus the pros and cons of each)
  • What to do if you can’t access the full text of an article
  • Some tips on how to approach a journal article
  • How to reference journal articles, both print and online
  • Where to get help (from us!

Find the guide here!

Short cuts to finding quality journal articles

Our two biggest business databases (EBSCO Business Source Complete and Proquest Business Collection) are excellent places to look for journal articles for an assignment. Given that many assignment briefs specifically ask for students to find “academic journals”, “quality journal articles” or “academic literature” it is particularly useful that both our databases allow you to filter results to academic journals. However, they both do this slightly differently…

EBSCO Business Source Complete has the option both before and after searching to limit your results to “Scholarly (Peer Reviewed) Journals”. You can also use their “Source Type” filter to select “Academic Journals”:

Screenshot of EBSCO search result filters showing "Academic Journals" option


EBSCO defines these as “Peer-reviewed journals are publications that include only those articles that have been reviewed and/or qualified by a selected panel of acknowledged experts in the field of study covered by the journal.” They also have further information on how they classify journals in their knowledge base which states that “Academic Journals” are ” journals that publish articles which carry footnotes and bibliographies, and whose intended audience is comprised of some kind of research community”.

Proquest Business Collection has two separate options:

Screenshot from Proquest showing the "peer reviewed" and "scholarly journals" options

“Peer reviewed” = defined as “a publication in which articles go through an official editorial process that involves review and approval by the author’s peers (people who are experts in the same subject area). Most (but not all) scholarly publications are peer reviewed. Some trade publications are peer reviewed. ProQuest uses Ulrichsweb as the primary reference source to categorize peer reviewed publications.”

“Scholarly Journals” = defined as “a scholarly journal is a publication that is authored by academics for a target audience that is mainly academic. The scholarly journal printed format isn’t usually a glossy magazine, and it is published by a recognized society with academic goals and missions. The ProQuest criteria states the publication must be academic in focus with the intent to report on or support research needs as well as advance one’s knowledge on a topic or theory. The publication will be targeted for professional or academic researchers and have in-depth analysis typically focusing on one discipline or academic field. The publication will likely be peer reviewed or refereed by external reviewers. The publisher should be a professional association or an academic press.”

The distinctions being made in the databases reflect the fact that:

  • Peer review is a quality assurance process which may be used by some non-academic journals too (e.g. trade publications)
  • “Academic” and/or “Scholarly” are used to designate that the journal is intended for an academic audience (or for researchers) and that articles will have footnotes and references in academic style.
  • Not all “academic” journals will be peer-reviewed – and for some “peer-reviewed” journals not ALL their content may be peer-reviewed (e.g. editorials, book reviews).

Whilst Google Scholar may state that it indexes “scholarly information” (precise definition not supplied), it is quick and easy to use our two databases with these filter options applied to make sure you are focussing on top quality material for assignments.