Having trouble finding information about different qualitative and quantitative methodologies?
SAGE Research Methods database is the answer! From first-year students up to the PhD level and beyond SAGE Research Methods explains the different research methodologies and provides articles and book chapters about their implementation. Find Sage Research Methods under 'S' on the Library databases page or click here: SAGE Research Methods.
When an article is published in a peer-reviewed or refereed journal, it indicates that that article has been through a formal review process. It has been read by experts in the subject field before being accepted for publication. This ensures the information in the article is well-researched, and contributes to the knowledge of the subject area.
This video explains the importance of peer-reviewed journals and how to use databases to find journal articles.
Academic Search Premier (multidisciplinary database)
ScienceDirect (covers areas in social sciences and business)
Australian Public Affairs (APA-FT) (Australian Social Sciences)
Australian Public Affairs Information Service- Health (APAIS – Health)
Humanities & Social Sciences Collection (Australian Social Sciences)
Note: to find peer-reviewed on Informit databases such as 'Humanities and Social Science Collection' use "PRAI=yes" as one of the keywords. This stands for Peer Reviewed Article Indicator.
We all know the library is the perfect place for finding books - But it’s also a great resource for periodicals. So, what is a periodical anyway? Well, a periodical is any publication released on a regular schedule. Like magazines and newspapers. But those two aren’t all. Scholarly journals are a special type of periodical meant for academic research. Normal periodicals are published by corporations, with general information meant for academic research. Normal periodicals are published by corporations, with general information meant for a wide audience. While scholarly journals are published by academic institutions, they’re subject-specific, with articles focusing on narrow, precise topics. They’re edited and approved by a board of specialists – with references for each article. But more importantly, scholarly journals have all gone through a process known as peer review. That means research has been submitted through a double blind process, with academics on both ends operation anonymously. And before publication, every article is put through a rigorous approval system. All that matters is the research, and every step is taken to guarantee its quality. That way, when it reaches you, it’s filled with information you can trust. So, when doing your research, make the right choice with a source you can count on.