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FIN531 Research Skills Guide CSU: Use Journal Databases

Why Should You Use Journal Databases?

Journal databases:

  • Are the best source of academic or scholarly information for your assessments
  • help you locate peer reviewed 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 will be particularly useful for your study.

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.


Go to the Business Source Complete  database, and try typing in  – Australia* AND "equity markets" (you may need to sign in first with your CSU username and password).

  • Did you get less results than Primo Search?  Being a Business database, they 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                  button to check if the article is available elsewhere.

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.

Searching in a database

Peer Review