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Welsh Journals Help


What journals are included in the website?

You'll find a full list of the journals included on our Welsh Journals About Page.

Will more journals be added to the website?

There are no current plans to add new titles to the website


How can I search through the Journals?

You can search the site by using the keyword search box on the Welsh Journals homepage.


  • You can use Boolean commands to narrow your search results (see below to learn more about Boolean commands)
  • If you're searching for two or more specific words which appear together eg David Jones, remember to use "" around the terms - "David Jones". This will ensure you only see results containing your exact search terms
  • Searching for two or more names with out "" (eg David Jones) with bring back results with a combination of David, Jones and David Jones, giving you a much longer search results list than needed
  • Use the title drop down box if you know which Journals you wish to search within. You can select more than one title at a time. To remove a title just click on the 'x' in the title box which appears
  • Use the date slider to narrow your search to a specific period of time
  • You can refine your search by choosing to search for Welsh language or English language publications only

What are Boolean Commands?

These are commands which allow you to combine search terms to broaden or limit your search. The terms supported in this Catalogue include AND, OR and NOT.

  • AND combines two or more keywords, limiting your search, for example: Peacocks AND Paradise will produce results containing both these search terms, eg Peacocks in Paradise
  • OR will produce results with either search terms in the title broadening your search, for example: Peacocks OR Paradise will produce results including Peacocks in Paradise Lost.
  • NOT will exclude a term from your search, making your search more specific, for example: Milton, John NOT Paradise Lost will produce a list of works by Milton not including Paradise Lost

How do I use the Advanced Search?

The Advanced Search offers more ways of refining your search than the quick search on the website homepage.


  • 'AND' drop down: These are the Boolean commands and can be used if you want to search for more than one keyword at the same time. Please see above for more information on Boolean commands
  • If you have three or more separate keywords to search for, click on the + on the right hand side to add additional keyword boxes
  • Publication Title: If you want to confine your search to within specific journals you can select one or more from this list
  • Date of Publication: If you have a specific date or range of dates you wish to search within, use the 'Between these dates' drop down to select how you wish to search for dates, and then enter the date(s) you have through the dates drop downs

How can I start a new search?

To start a new search click on the website title on the left hand side. This will take you back to the homepage where you'll find the main search and browse options.

Can I search for a keyword in an article title?

Yes. Copy the link below and add your keyword to the end


This is the link with 'Branwen' as a keyword search term at the end:

Why do some titles never come up if I search?

There are three titles which we don't have dates for, and therefore can't be searched:

  • Gerddorfa
  • Geiriau Gras a Gwirionedd
  • Newyddion o fywyd a heddwch

You can however browse through these titles from the Browse drop down on the homepage.

Can I view a record of my previous search terms?

To see a list of your previous search terms, click on the 'History' link on the right hand side of the blue strip at the top of each page

You can clear your search terms by clicking on the 'Clear History' link at the bottom of the list


How can I browse through the journals?

You can browse through a list of the Journals included on the website, by clicking on the drop down list on the right hand side of the homepage.


  • The first item in the drop down 'Browse All Journal Titles' will take you to a page with a clickable A-Z list of all the Journals
  • If you click on a Journal title from the drop down, it will take you to a Publication Page for that journal. It includes general information about the journal, a list of available issues and an image from the journal

Can I browse the journals according to the publication language?

Yes. There are links under the Browse drop down box on the website homepage to view either 'Welsh language publications only' or 'English language publications only'. These will take you to the results page displaying all relevant results for the language you have selected.

Note that the language facet in the left column will have been selected for the language you chose. To remove the facet click on the tick and the results will refresh.

Can I browse the journals according to date?

Yes. There is a histogram on the bottom of the right hand side of the homepage, which will allow you to view relevant results for a specific decade. These will take you to the results page displaying all relevant results for the decade you have selected

Note that the decade facet in the left column will have been selected for the period you chose. To remove the facet click on the tick and the results will refresh

What's the list of links at the bottom of the publication page?

At the bottom of each journal publication page you'll see a list of links to all the journal issues.


For some of these the links will be made up of a numbered list, and won't include any date information. To see the date information for each issue, click on the links. You will be taken to the viewer, where you will see a 'More Information' panel on the right. The date of the issue is listed in this panel

Search Results

What information is displayed for each result?

  • Clickable link: The link will include the article title for some journals, where this is not available, it will include the volume information
  • Text snippet: This is a short piece taken from the specific article
  • Information underneath each result: This includes the Publication title (clickable link to the Publication page for that Journal), the Issue Title and Date of this specific item

How can I change the number of results displayed?

In the top right corner under the blue strip, you'll see the 'Display Options' drop down which allows you to change the number of results displayed.

How can I change the order in which the results are displayed?

In the top right corner under the blue strip, you'll see the 'Display Options' drop down which allows you to change the way your results are sorted.

How are my search results weighted?

Your search results will display results where your keywords were found in the article title first, and then the results where your keyword was found in the article text


Please note that not all the journals have searchable article titles and therefore these would not appear with the article title results at the beginning of your search results list (for these the volume and issue info appears instead of the article title)

How can I refine my search results?

The left column contains a list of facets, with which you can narrow the search results displayed

The facets include:

  • Publication (journal title)
  • Language (language of journal)
  • Decade
  • Year
  • Month
  • Day

Click on the relevant items within the facets to narrow your search results, they will update automatically

You can change the facets selected as needed by clicking on them again to remove them

You can clear all your selected facets in one go by clicking on the 'Clear Facets' button at the top of the facets list


The more of the facets you can use to refine you search, the more relevant your search results will be, and therefore the easier it will be for you to find useful articles

Why can't I see content administered by the Dylan Thomas estate?

Permission to include material administered by the Dylan Thomas estate was not granted.

Viewing the Journals

How can I view the journal as a full screen?

Click on the link in the bottom right hand corner which says 'Full Screen' with an icon of an arrow in a box

How can I zoom in/out of the journal?

Hover over the image and you will see small icons appear in the top left corner of the black area around the image. Click on the '+' to zoom in, and the '-' to zoom out

How can I rotate the journal?

Hover over the image and you will see small icons appear in the top left corner of the black area around the image. Click on the circular arrow to rotate the image (it will turn a quarter turn clockwise for every click)

How can I move to the next/previous pages?

Hover over the image of the journal and you will see small arrows appear to the left and right of the journal page. Click the arrow on the right to move forward through the journal, and click on the left arrow to move backwards through the journal

How can I view other articles within the journal?

You can select any article within the whole run of the journal from the 'CONTENTS' COLUMN ON THE LEFT HAND SIDE .


Volume: the archival tree for the journal is displayed by volume by default (button at the top of the archival tree), and you can select any article within the current journal, or select another issue to view

How can I view other issues of the journal according to date?

By default the 'CONTENT' column on the left is displayed by volume. You can change this to date by clicking on the 'Date' button at the top of the list. This will display the range of dates for which your particular journal was published. You can select any date and the front page of that issue will be displayed


Please note that once you have selected any issue according to date, the left 'CONTENTS' column will automatically change back to display according to volume

Can I see a preview of all the pages within the journal without opening each one individually?

Yes. In the left 'CONTENTS' column, you can click on the 'Thumbnails' tab at the top of the column. This will display a thumbnail for each page within that particular journal issue.


To view a different issue, click on the 'Index' tab (to the left of the 'Thumbnails' tab) to take you back to the text list according to volume. There you can select a different issue before going back to the thumbnails view should you so wish

How can I see more than one page of the journal at the same time?

As you view the journal, you can choose to view one or two pages at a time. In the corner on the right hand side, under the blue strip, click on the icon of an open book - this will display two pages at a time.


To revert back to displaying one page at a time, click on the icon again (it will now be an icon depicting one page)

How can I view related information as I view the journal?

On the right hand side of the page you will see a panel 'MORE INFORMATION'. This displays background information pertaining to that specific journal


You can close the panel if you wish by clicking on the two arrows in the top left corner of the panel. If you wish to view it again, click on the two arrows at the top of the closed panel

Where do I find attribution information about the journal?

Attribution information can be found in the 'MORE INFORMATION' panel on the right hand side or in the small box in the bottom left corner of the journal


If the attribution box affects your ability to read the journal, you can close it by clicking on the small 'x' in the top right corner of the box

Is there a permanent link for the journal I'm viewing?

Yes. You'll find the permanent url in the 'MORE INFORMATION' panel on the right hand side under the heading 'PERMALINK'


If you want to make a note of the link to one of the journals, the best way of doing so is to use the 'PERMALINK' as the address in your browser may change over time and any links to this wouldn't work

*We are aware of problems with the permalinks at the moment, and we're working to solve these as soon as possible

If I know the image number can I jump to it from my current page without having to look through the thumbnails?

Yes. A the top of the journal, you will see a small white box and a 'Go' button. Enter the page number into the white box and click on 'Go'. The journal will refresh to show the image of your selected page.


Please note that the IMAGE number isn't necessarily the same as the PAGE number as seen in the journal.

The IMAGE number starts at the beginning of the journal and works through to the last page (ie one number for each image), where as the PAGE number may not start until 4 pages into the journal (eg cover image/inside cover etc wouldn't have page numbers)

The image number can be seen on each thumbnail in the left column (see above for more information about the thumbnail view).

What does the search box below the image of the journal search?

While viewing the journal, you will see your search term in the middle below the journal page. If you click on the 'Clear' link you will be given an empty search box. You can use this to search within the journal you're viewing.


You will only be searching the issue you're viewing. You won't search through all the volumes digitised for that title. To do that you must go back to the main website search option.

What are the blue markers below the journal?

The blue markers denote other hits for your search terms within the issue. If you click on the blue markers it will display that page in the journal with your search term highlighted.

Why are some words highlighted within the journal?

Your search terms are highlighted blue within the journal page to make it easier for you to find the applicable section of the text.

Why does it say 'image unavailable' for some pages?

Some pages have not been digitised, which is why some pages display the message 'Image unavailable'. Should you see this message we would be grateful if you could let us know through our Enquiries Team, noting the link to the relevant page. An example of a journal which has some pages with this message would be 'Yr Athraw'.

Downloading a journal

How do I download journal pages, articles and issues?

When viewing the articles that you would like to download, select the icon in the bottom left-hand corner. Select between jpg (singe image) or pdf format (article or issue). View the terms of use, and then select the green 'Download' button.

Why can't I download the article only?

Some of the journals have not been indexed at article level (esp. 19thC journals). This means that you will only be able to download a single page/image or the entire issue.

Why can't I see an article or image in my downloaded file?

Some journal articles and images have been hidden because of copyright restrictions. These will not appear on the website or in the downloaded file.

Mobile Site

How can I navigate through an issue on my mobile phone?

You can navigate though an issue by using the arrows to the left/right of the image.

Unfortunately the navigation tree is not available on mobile phones.


To work through different issues you can visit the relevant journal's publication page, and use the links to each issue listed.