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Archaeology for Continuing Education Short Course students: Journals

Finding Journals

On this page you can find out about:

  • Understanding journal citations/references (box on right)
  • Using SOLO to find journal titles (online and in print) and to find specific journal articles
  • Key journals for Archaeology 

If you are interested in searching for articles on your topic, click on the tab Oxford's online resources.

Using SOLO to find journal titles and articles

You can use SOLO to find journal titles and articles.   Please see our top tips below or for more information see the SOLO Help guide.

  • When searching for specific journals and articles it helpful to understand the different parts of the journal citation (see the box opposite for more information).
  • Use the Search Everything or the Oxford Collections search in SOLO to search for journal titles.
  • Use the Articles search in SOLO to search for journal articles (see image below).
  • Omit information such as volume, issue and page numbers from your SOLO search as SOLO will not always understand them.
  • Results will include journals in both digital and physical format. You can limit your results to a specific format using the options under Sort & Filter Results.
  • Use e-Journals A-Z to browse the complete list of online journal titles subscribed to by Oxford University.
  • For further information about searching for journal articles on your topic, click on the tab Oxford's online resources.

Key e-Journals

Here's a sample of e-journals available for Archaeology.

You can access e-journals from the PCs in the Library or any other PC on the University network. If you have a University card, you can access e-journals from any internet connection using your Single Sign On.

Free and open access journal articles

Students on short courses can use SOLO to search for free, open access journal articles. When you have done a search for your topic, use the Show Only filter and select Open Access.

JSTOR offers a service called MyJSTOR, which allows you free online access to six articles per month from home. Anyone can register for a free account at

Further information on Open access resources is available from the Guide to current library services for students on short courses.

Understanding journal citations

A citation to a journal article will include several pieces of key information:

  • Author(s) name
  • Year of publication
  • Article title
  • Journal title (this is the name of the journal or publication in which the article appeared.  The journal title often includes the word 'journal' or 'review' (e.g. English Historical ReviewJournal of Ecology) or the word Quarterly or Transactions (e.g. Human Rights Quarterly; Philosophical Transactions).  Others give fewer clues (e.g.  Nature, History Today, The Guardian, Landscapes)
  • Volume, issue  number and pages numbers 

e.g.  Meaden, G. Terence,  2017. Drombeg Stone Circle, Ireland, analyzed with respect to sunrises and lithic shadow-casting for the eight traditional agricultural festival dates and further validated by photography. Journal of Lithic Studies, 4(4), pp. 1-17

You can search SOLO by 

  • author name and/or article title  
  •  journal title
  • See the box opposite for more information

Journals in the Conted Library

The Continuing Education Library has current subscriptions to the following key Archaeological journal titles in print format:

  • British Archaeology 1995-
  • Current Archaeology 1967-
  • Landscapes 2003-
  • Medieval Archaeology 1957-
  • Oxford Journal of Archaeology Latest 3 years
  • Oxoniensia 1936- current 

All our journals are catalogued on SOLO. 

Journals are all for use in the Library only. Current issues are displayed on the periodical stand in the Reading Room while back issues may be found in the Archaeology sequence of the periodicals section in the Lower Library.