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ACC384 Research Skills Guide: Use Journal Databases

Academic or scholarly sources

What is an academic or scholarly source?

  • It is Authoritative: it identifies the qualifications and expertise of the writer
  • It is well-cited: academic writing always credits the origins of information and ideas with a reference list
  • It is usually peer-reviewed or refereed: other academics have read and reviewed the work before publication.
  • It is objective: an academic source should aim to examine a topic fairly, not ignoring opposing opinions
  • It is written for academics: university lecturers, students, and professionals in the field.

Library databases:

  • Are a great way to find journal articles and these are the best source of academic or scholarly information for your assessments 
  • Help you locate peer reviewed or refereed articles
  • Are subject specific, so that you get more relevant results
  • Have many options for refining results

You can find the Library's databases on the A-Z Databases page.

Databases are grouped into subject areas. The Business databases and Accounting, Economics & Finance databases will be particularly useful for your study.




In the Business Source Complete database, try searching for the keywords that you came up with in the topic analysis activity

  • Did you get less results than Primo Search? Being a business database, the results should be more relevant to your topic.
  • Look at the HTML and PDF links to access the full text of the article.
  • If you cannot find the full text click on the Find it at CSU button to check if the article is available elsewhere.