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General sources of Education journal articles

The general education databases (listed first) are a great place to start. If you are looking for more specific discipline databases, try the Specialist Education Resources.

Licensing information: Please read what you can and can't do with each resource in the A-Z Databases under 'License Information'. Queries can be sent to the Publisher Licensing Consultant.

Article FAQs

Finding Scholarly Resources

What is a scholarly journal?

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.

What is a scholarly article?

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.

What does peer review mean?

Evaluation of scientific, academic, or professional work by others working in the same field.

For help finding a particular journal or journal article, try these instructions for finding specific articles and books

How do you decide if a journal is peer reviewed?

Here are some tips to help you identify a peer reviewed journal:

  • These journals will always include a statement to identify themselves
  • Most databases have a search option to limit the search results to peer reviewed /refereed / scholarly articles
  • Look for information about the journal when searching databases
  • Still in doubt? Find out more information on the journal by going to the journal's website


Video: Peer Review in 2 minutes

Click the play button below to watch the video on Peer Review in 2 minutes (01:47).



You will sometimes see a FIND IT @ DEAKIN link when you are searching for journal articles, and the full text is not immediately available.

FIND IT @ DEAKIN will provide you with possible options for locating the full text of the article if it is not available in full text from the database you are using.

Clicking on the FIND IT @ DEAKIN link will provide a link to other databases, to the library website, and other possible sources.

How to: Find a source by its citation

Being able to find a resource by its citation is a valuable skill. You can do this by searching for the resource by title in the main search box on the Library home page OR by using A-Z Journals and using the citation details to search for the journal name, then year, volume, and issue until you locate the article.

How to: Access resources the library doesn't have

If you've found a book, chapter, article or other resource that the library doesn't have, we can try to get it for you. There are a few options available. See the 'Borrow from other Libraries' page for further information.


The CAVAL Reciprocal Borrowing Program allows our staff and students to borrow in person from participating Victorian academic Libraries.


ULANZ membership allows our staff and students to borrow from participating academic Libraries in person.

Interlibrary loan

If the resource is a book chapter or article, you can fill out an online request for an Interlibrary loan. The Library will try to source the item and a digital copy will be emailed to you.

How to: Reference your sources

Use the Deakin guide to Harvard referencing to learn how to cite your sources correctly. You can get help with referencing as well as other academic skills by contacting Study Support.