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Indigenous Australian Education: Find journal articles


A journal is a scholarly publication containing articles written by researchers, professors and other experts.    

Journal articles share the following characteristics:

  • Journals are published regularly (e.g. monthly) and are sequentially numbered (volume and issue number). 
  • Journals publish original research findings, discussions of theory and critiques of existing research
  • Are written by experts in a particular field of study
  • Are either peer-reviewed or scholarly


Searching for journal articles

Most of the library's journal articles are accessed electronically through the library catalogue and Databases.

To learn more about journal articles and how to search for them, check out the video and the LibGuide titled Using the Library Catalogue.

peer-reviewed article is an article that has undergone an extensive editorial process or formal approval process. The article is thoroughly reviewed by experts in the field of study before it is accepted for publication. The process ensures the article is highly accurate and well-researched. It is sometimes called a refereed journal.

scholarly article is an article written by someone with academic qualifications or expert knowledge and aimed at a scholarly audience (eg students at an academic institution). It reports on original research findings and include citations.   

For more information, check-out the You Tube videos below:


Searching for peer-reviewed articles

Peer-reviewed articles can be found by searching through the library catalogue and databases. 

There are a number of ways to find out if an article is peer-reviewed or refereed:

  • In many of our databases you can limit your searches to just peer-reviewed or refereed journals using a checkbox or other options on the search screen.

There are a number of advantages to using journal articles for your research:                                   

  • Currency - journals are published regularly so you can have access to the most up-to-date research findings as soon as they are published
  • Authority - written by people with formal qualifications (academics, researchers, etc) or subject specialists 
  • Scholarly or peer-reviewedhigh quality research papers written by experts in the academic field
  • Specificity - they contain information on a specific topic thus providing more in-depth knowledge on that topic
  • References - contain a list of references that can be used to further develop a topic.