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18 August 2015

Academic resources

For most of your assignments at Monash, lecturers will ask you to use academic resources to conduct your research. But what exactly are academic resources? This post will give you some quick hints and tips to help you recognise strong academic resources, and know where to find them....by Romney Adams.


Finding resources

The amount of information available for you to access is phenomenal, and can be found through a variety of different portals - some good, and some not so good. When looking for academic resources, start by searching through a reliable platform. This includes:
  • Library Search:  Search is the Library’s discovery platform, and is the best place to start your research. It will look for items held physically at the various campus libraries, as well as e-resources, including journal articles, e-books, conference papers, and more
  • Specialised databases: The Library subscribes to a multitude of specialised subject databases, which your lecturers will direct you to - some common databases include ProQuest, EBSCO, Scopus, and JSTOR. Like Search, their content come in a variety of formats, but are often faculty- or discipline-specific.
While a search engine, such as Google, or online encyclopedia, such as Wikipedia, can be useful for obtaining background or explanatory information regarding your assignment topic, they are not good to use for research purposes. Check out the Library’s interactive guide to conducting academic research on the Internet, to ensure you’re using quality online sources as part of your research.

Evaluating resources

It's important to remember that just because a resource is held in Search, or a specialised database automatically makes it an academic resource. It is up to you to evaluate a resource you find, to determine whether it can be considered a good academic article. Some things to look out for are: the length of the resource, its publisher, and the authors’ affiliations and qualifications.

The following video will show you other areas to look out for when evaluating a resource:




Evaluating resources can be tricky, especially if it’s not something you’re used to. If you need any help searching for resources or evaluating them, speak to a librarian at your library’s Research & Learning point.

Good luck! By following these tips, you should be off to a great start with your research.




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