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FIN530 Research Skills Guide: Use Library Databases

Why Should You Use Library Databases?

The Library's databases are grouped into subject areas. The Business databases will be particularly useful for your study. You can find the Library's databases on the A-Z Databases page.

Business databases:

  • Are the best source of academic or scholarly information for your assessments
  • help you locate peer reviewed articles
  • provide access to reliable reports such as country reports, industry reports, market research reports, company profiles and economic reports.
  • provide access to reputable trade publications and business magazines.
  • Allow you to search through Thesaurus to identify appropriate subject headings.

Go to the Proquest Business Databases, and try typing in  – "government bonds" AND Australia (you may need to sign in first with your CSU username and password).

Have a look at EBSCOhost Business Source Complete, you can search for journal articles and country reports or use the Business Thesaurus to identify and search for subject headings.

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.

Find Peer reviewed articles

Articles published in peer reviewed or refereed journals have been through a formal approval process. This process is intended to ensure that the article is:

  • accurate
  • well-researched
  • contributing to the body of knowledge in the field

To find peer reviewed articles:

  • Select to show only peer reviewed journals in Primo Search
  • Limit to peer reviewed or scholarly journals in journal databases

However, as these options are just an indication of peer review status the definitive way to find out if your article has been peer reviewed is to use Ulrichsweb Global Periodicals Directory.

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Peer Review

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