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1.7.3 Journals

Determine your information  needs
1.1 Define your topic
1.2 Increase familiarity with your topic
1.3 Map your ideas
1.4 Types of assignment
1.5 Amount of information
1.6 Types of sources
1.7 Types of publications
  1.7.1 Reference material
  1.7.2 Books
  * 1.7.3 Journals
  1.7.4 Conference proceedings
  1.7.5 Legislation
  1.7.6 Standards
  1.7.7 Audiovisual material
1.7.8 Web pages
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Journals are published at regular intervals (e.g. daily, weekly, monthly) and are also known as serials or periodicals. Journals are a good source of current information.
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Material: Definition: Use to: Examples:
Journals Journals publish original research and commentary on recent developments in specific disciplines.

When referring to journals, the terms scholarly, refereed and peer-reviewed are often used.

Scholarly journal articles:
  • may be peer-reviewed or refereed
  • are usually published by an academic institution, research body, professional organisation or scholarly press
  • often start with an abstract
  • always include footnotes or bibliographies
  • list the author and their credentials or affiliated institution
  • often use specialised language
  • assume some scholarly background on the part of the reader.

Articles published in refereed or peer-reviewed journals are subjected to a strict approval process. One or more experts on the subject act as referees who review the article before it is accepted for publication. This process is designed to ensure the article is accurate, well researched, and contributes to the body of knowledge in a field. Peer-reviewed is synonymous with refereed.

Access original research. Nature
Trade publications Trade publications publish information relevant to a specific industry. Find information about industry trends. Retail world
Australian biotechnology news
Screen digest Business Review Weekly
Newspapers Newspapers are aimed at a general readership and are usually issued on a daily or weekly basis. Content includes news, editorials, regular columns, cartoons and advertising. Find information about current events or items of local interest. The Courier-mail
The Australian
Australian Financial Review
Wall Street Journal
Magazines Magazines are of popular interest and written in non-scholarly language and format. Magazines are usually heavily illustrated and contain advertising. Articles are usually short in length, do not include bibliographies and often do not indicate an author. Find information about public sentiment; Identify popular trends. New Scientist
The Bulletin
National Geographic
Psychology Today

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