This guide is intended to provide the basic information required for locating and identifying journal articles. It also directs users to other resources provided by the university to assist with research.
The following list provides some basic explanations of the types of resources you are likely to be required to use in your assessments:
Consult the Beginning Research guide to develop and understanding of the research process and how you can develop effective search strategies.
For advice on developing and linking a collection of search terms that can be used on multiple databases, consult the following guides:
Check spellling: Even enter your terms in Google to see what comes up under the 'did you mean?' For example, the word 'archaeology' may also be spelt 'archeology
Check to see if a journal is authoritative: A Google search may yield search results that appear to be academic but to be certain of the quality of the journal, check to see if it is listed Ulrich's Global Serial Directory
Check the bibliography: Once you have found an article which you have determined to be relevant, check the bibliography for articles cited which may be also relevant to your research.
Alternative access options: If you find an article in Discovery which the University of Melbourne does not hold, then try searching for the journal at other Australian universities using Trove. Whilst our staff and students are entitled to borrow some items from other institutions, journals are not able to be borrowed. It may be possible to go to the relevant library and copy the item if it is available locally.
Interlibrary Loans: University of Melbourne staff members, higher-degree and honours students can request journal articles which are not available at the University of Melbourne via Interlibrary Loans.
Find related material: Once you have located something that is highly relevant to your research, check the terms allocated to the article to see if these could assist in refining your search further