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Use the Library to get started with your assessment

Find detailed information

In this section, we will look at the following sources of detailed and in-depth information:

  • Subject guides and databases
  • Journal articles
  • Other sources of detailed information
  • Google Scholar

Subject Guides and Databases

Your subject guide will direct you to the most appropriate and relevant databases for your subject area. 

Look for the tabs for Key Resources and Recommended Databases, as shown in the image.

For more information about databases, watch this video:

Journal articles

Scholarly journal articles

Using scholarly journal articles is an important component of research for university assessments.  Scholarly journal articles are:

  • written by a scholar with academic credentials and affiliations
  • based on original research 
  • include an abstract and a logical structure, and
  • contain citations and references

Other types of articles that you can find in databases include those from trade journals, newspapers, and popular magazines and may be used for research.  These are not scholarly however, so you must be sure that you are selecting those types of sources for the right purpose. Other scholarly resources can include books, conference papers and theses.

Peer-reviewed articles

Peer-reviewed articles are scholarly articles that have undergone a rigorous process of evaluation by other experts in the discipline to ensure that they are contributing original, accurate and reliable research and analysis to the field.

Watch this video to find out more about scholarly and peer-reviewed sources.


RMIT University Library  2014, What's a scholarly source?, YouTube, 2 October, RMIT University, Melbourne, viewed 10 January 2020, <>.

Transcript for "What's a scholarly source?" video (DOCX)

Further sources of detailed information

Explore your subject guide for other sources of detailed information by reviewing the tabs on the left-hand panel.

There are often links to discipline-based journals that you can search within to find focussed and specific research, analysis or commentary on a topic. 

You will also see links to information that is directly related to your course, for example, ebooks, websites, and other specialist materials.