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April 6, 2023

Library Basics Week 5: Finding peer-reviewed, evidence-based articles

You know by now that where you get your information from, and the quality of that information, matters. Using evidence-based research is critical if you want to be successful on your assessments. The library provides a diverse range of scholarly resources to ensure you have the tools you need to support your studies.

During your time at Deakin, you might be asked to specifically cite peer-reviewed resources. The peer-review process involves experts in the subject area reviewing the article to ensure it is of high quality before being published.

Many databases have an option to limit to Peer-Reviewed or Scholarly (Peer-Reviewed) Journals. Check out this video on Finding peer reviewed, original research articles.

If you want to check whether a journal is peer-reviewed, you can look at the journal’s homepage or search Ulrich’s Periodical Directory (check if the journal is Refereed).

Want to go a little deeper in your research? Systematic reviews provide a blend of studies on a particular focussed question and can be very useful to see what studies have been done before yours. This video provides more information on how to find systematic reviews.

And remember, if you’re struggling with any of this, feel free to contact your Scholarly Services Librarian.

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Are you in your first trimester at Deakin or returning to study after a break? We’ve got you covered. Each week, we’re sharing a library tip, tool or service we think you should know about. The library is key to your success at  uni – make the most of everything we have to offer by following our Library Basics!

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