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UniReady: Databases & newspapers

This guide is designed for prospective students who are undertaking the UniReady programme.

Public & state libraries

Register at your local WA public library or the State Library of WA and you can access e-resources in the public library or State Library or from home.

You will need to provide photo ID and proof of your current residential address when registering.

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Databases @ the State Library

Journals & databases

Journals are similar to magazines in that they are published regularly (e.g. monthly).

Articles in journals are more in-depth and well-researched than magazine articles. They are written by experts in a particular field of study, and are based on the author's research.

Most of the library's journal articles are accessed electronically through the library databases.

Journal databases are huge, searchable, up-to-date indexes of journal references.

Databases help you to find high quality, up-to-date journal articles that have been published by respected publishers and publications.

If you have been asked to find scholarly articles for your assignment, you will need to search a database.

A peer reviewed journal contains articles that, before being accepted for publishing, are reviewed and approved by a panel of experts in the same subject area as the articles' authors. Similar terms used for these types of journals are: refereed, scholarly and academic.

The library catalogue and many journal databases allow you to limit your search to only include these types of journals. And Ulrichsweb is a directory to check whether journals are refereed.

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Databases @ Curtin

You have access to some of Curtin library's databases, both from inside and outside the library. See the links below.

Note: Use your Student ID and OASIS password to access the computers and Curtin Library resources in the Robertson Library.

Is my information any good? How can I tell?


The Robertson Library has a newspaper section on level 2 where you can sit and browse Australian newspapers. Newspapers arrive daily and are kept in print for three months. Titles include:

  • The Australian
  • The West Australian
  • Australian Financial Review

Online news sources

Use these links to browse recent online newspapers. Newspaper articles are also available through the ProQuest database.