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GEOG90021 Conservation and Cultural Environments

Library resources to support students studying GEOG90021

Find journal articles

At the end of this module you will be able to

  • recognise the difference between popular and scholarly journals
  • recognise what a database is and what it contains
  • know how to search Discovery
Journals (also known as Periodicals, Magazines or Serials) are publications that come out at regular intervals, for example weekly, monthly or yearly. They are a good way of finding up to date research on a topic.

Scholarly and non-scholarly journals

Some journals are more academic in content than others. It is important to recognise this difference when doing research. If a journal is 'peer-reviewed' it is usually more scholarly in focus. Peer review is a process where articles are evaluated by a group of experts in the appropriate field prior to publication.

Not sure what that means? Watch this video (1:45):

What's a library database? | RMIT University
Duration: (1:57)
rmitmedia - Added: 14/08/12
What Are Databases and Why You Need Them
Duration: (2:35)
ycplibrary - Added: 30/09/11

The following guides can help you access relevant databases.

Please note that the Heritage and Conservation guide, whilst useful, is predominantly concerned with Architecture.

Don't overlook the larger multi-disciplinary databases such as Academic Search Complete, JSTOR, Web of Science and Scopus.

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