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Journal databases

Google Scholar

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. 

Access Google Scholar via the MultiSearch box on the library's homepage

MultiSearch screenshot showing Google Scholar at MQ link


By accessing Google Scholar through the Macquarie Library website you will see a link for articles we have access to. Click on "Find it@MQ" to be taken back to the Macquarie webpage and a link to the full text of the article.

Google Scholar screenshot showing Find it at MQ link


Note: Google Scholar does not identify peer reviewed/refereed journal articles with the results it provides. You need to check using Ulrich's international periodicals directory to see if an item is refereed/peer reviewed.

Peer Reviewed Journal Articles

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.

You can check if an article is from a peer reviewed journal using Ulrich's international periodicals directory.  Search for a journal's name to see details about the journal including whether it is peer reviewed/ refereed.

Other sources such as Multisearch/Business source premier allow you to search for peer reviewed journal articles however they are not 100% correct.

You should always use Ulrichs to check a journal's peer reviewed status as it is the most reliable source for this information.

Using Ulrich's International Periodicals Directory

  1. Use the Databases tab of MultiSearch.
  2. Type the name of the database Ulrich's in the Simple Search box and click Search
  3. Use the links under View Online to access the database.

Refereed items are marked with an icon  which is a representation of a 'referees shirt'.