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SEFS Graduate Research Skills

A module for all SEFS graduate students to support and develop their research skills and self-test

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
  • know how to search Web of Science

Understanding Primary & Secondary Sources. Imagine Easy Solutions. Added January 30 2017.

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
What is Discovery?

While the catalogue is great for finding useful resources, it’s not the place to search for individual journal articles. For this, you can use Discovery.

Discovery combines the information from the Library Catalogue, the Digital Repository and many databases into a single search. It includes access to many full text articles, both academic and non-academic.
How do I use Discovery?
You can search Discovery from the library homepage (you will need to login with your university username and password).
For more help go to the Discovery LibGuide.
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