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Finding Journal Articles

Interpreting citations, finding peer-reviewed journal articles and locating relevant guides to assist in locating journal articles.


Using Discovery to Locate Articles

The search box on the library homepage connects to the University of Melbourne's main search tool, Discovery. This provides a variety of ways to limit searches including restricting resources to those which are available online and to peer-reviewed journal articles. Please see the Discovery Guide for detailed explanations of the searching mechanisms available.

The advanced search option enables you to define the search more fully and to restrict to the types of resources required. However, you must enter a search term in order for these options to display. The advanced search enables you to limit to scholarly journals or academic journals and to restrict to a publication date.

*TIP - If you have the exact article title, putting it in double quotations in the search field will yield the most accurate results.

Once you have located something you wish to use, click on the FindIt@Melbourne line (red icon) to be directed to our holdings). The results included will cover both our electronic and physical collections.

Google Scholar

Using Google Scholar to Locate Articles

Like the University's search tool, Discovery, Google Scholar provides an aggregated search across a huge range of resources. When you search for something, it will indicate the type of resource (book, article, citation) in the search results and then link to options for finding the resources. Please note that if you are not logged into Google Scholar via the University of Melbourne, you may be requested to pay for resources. Search for Google Scholar on the library catalogue or via the e-journals and databases link and follow the links. Alternatively, set up preferences on Google Scholar to link to the University of Melbourne resources by following the instructions here: Software Applications and Tools (scroll down).

Google Scholar only provides limited advanced searching options. These are available once you have conducted a search in the top right-hand corner of the page, or by clicking on the arrow at the end of the search field. Please consult the following guide for more detailed information: Advanced Google features and Search Engine alternatives