The library has help pages for using e-books. The easiest way to read an e-book is to access and read it online without downloading it. If you are going to be using the e-book when you have no internet access, you may wish to download the e-book. Each e-book platform can look a bit different, but most have similar features.
Scholarly (peer review) journals and articles are the preferred resource to use in university assignments. They disseminate research and carry more credibility due to the peer review process where journal articles submitted by researchers are evaluated by experts in the field before being published. Unless indicated, it is important that you use scholarly (peer review) resources for your assignments.
A scholarly journal is a publication in which experts in a field submit articles. This is one of the primary means through which many disciplines discuss new findings, ideas and research.
Scholarly articles can also be referred to as academic or peer reviewed articles. They have been through a formal review process prior to publication to ensure they are academic in nature and meet specific criteria. They are written to inform or report research to a scholarly audience, and therefore tend to use technical language.
Many of these articles have been through a peer review process. They contain an abstract along with a list of references or other readings.
Evaluation of scientific, academic, or professional work by others working in the same field.
For help finding a particular journal or journal article, visit the Skills for Study help page
Here are some tips to help you identify a peer reviewed journal:
Click the play button below to watch the video on Peer Review in 2 minutes (01:47).
Non-scholarly resources are not peer reviewed and provide information to a broader audience to share industry, practice and trends. They are not authoritative and are written to entertain and broadly inform. Examples of non-scholarly resources are newspapers, magazines, professional magazines. However they can also be legitimate sources of research, and should be used in context. Sometimes, it is necessary to use non-scholarly sources. Good ones such as Harvard Business Review, The Australian Financial Review and Marketing Magazine are examples of non-scholarly resources.