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This guide provides you with links to websites and electronic resources that may be helpful to your research. Click on one of the tabs above to find information about different areas relating to the FBE.
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Bloomberg and Datastream can be accessed on the specialist PCs at Library Level 2.
Please ask at Information Desk or phone 98507500 or 1800 300 753 for further information and bookings. First time users should contact a Research Librarian to organise training.
Access is only available to Macquarie postgraduate students and staff.
Peer reviewed (or Refereed) status
What is peer review?
Peer review is a formal process whereby articles are submitted for scrutiny and appraisal by recognised academics or authorities in the appropriate field. These academics or experts may recommend that the paper be accepted as it stands, or that specific revisions be made, or that the paper be rejected for publication. This process of refereeing is known as peer review.
Why are peer reviewed journal articles important?
Peer reviewed articles are authoritative because they have been assessed prior to publication by specialists or experts within academic and/or industry fields.
How to determine if an article is peer reviewed?
1. Use Ulrich's International Periodicals Directory
- Select the Databases tab in MultiSearch.
- Type the name of the database 'Ulrichs' in the search box and click Search.
- Use the links under View Online to access the database.
- In Ulrich, enter a Journal Title, ISSN, or search term to find journals or other periodicals.
- Refereed journals are marked with an icon which is a representation of a 'referees shirt'.
2. Use MultiSearch & Databases facilities
MultiSearch and many databases allow you to limit your search results or indicate if an article is from a 'Peer-reviewed', 'Scholarly' or 'Refereed' journal. You can either select those options before searching or from the results screen. However they are not 100% correct.
3. Review the journal's homepage
A journal's homepage will generally contain information about the scope or aims of the journal, its editorial board or instructions to authors that may indicate whether or not articles are reviewed before they are printed.
You can locate the journal's home page via Ulrichs. Once you have found the journal you are looking for click on the journal title for additional details and then click on the hypertext link at the URL field.
Google Scholar enables users to search for scholarly literature, including peer-reviewed papers, theses, books, preprints, abstracts and technical reports from all broad areas of research.
- Click the Search Google Scholar @MQ link on the MQ Library homepage to access Google Scholar
- Click the downward arrow to access the Advanced Scholar Search
- Think about phrases and words relating to your search which will provide results that are relevant. You will probably have to try a variety of different combinations of key words and/or phrases.
- Results are ordered by relevance. You can also create an alert for this search using the Create alert link. Click on Find it@MQ to find full text via databases MQ Library subscribes to.
- Click on Find it@MQ will bring you back to the Library MultiSearch. Click on View Online and the Link to the database to bring up the article.
- Google Scholar does not identify peer reviewed/refereed journal articles with the results it provides. You need to check if an item is refereed/peer reviewed.using:
ABDC Journal Quality List 2013
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Want to learn more about database searching, referencing and other research related skills? Infowise can help.
InfoWise aims to build and improve students research skills. Especially useful for undergraduates, international students and anyone new to Macquarie University, the content covers:
- how to use MultiSearch
- understanding peer review
- how to decode citations
- identifying key search terms
- advanced search techniques
- and more