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Business: Support Materials: Academic Resources

What are academic resources?

For your studies, you will need to find academic sources. These can include academic textbooks and scholarly, peer-reviewed articles.

What does Peer-reviewed mean?

Peer-reviewing is a vigorous process where articles written by academics are assessed by other academics, who give the writer editorial feedback. The article is rewritten using this feedback, before being published in an academic journal.

Finding the journals and news databases

There are multiple ways you can find databases to help you find journal articles:

1. You can use the library's main catalogue, Library Search, and use the filters on the left-hand side.

2. You can access the subject library guides. These guides will give you advice on which databases will help you find journal articles appropriate to your studies.

The database links from the Business: Core Resources Guide are also in the right-hand column.


You can access the databases through the A - Z databases on myUniHub.

How do I find and spot peer-review articles?

Library Search

Limit your results to 'Scholarly & Peer-Reviewed' articles using the left-hand column.

A screenshot of the Library Search filters. 'Scholary & Peer-reviewed' in circled in red.

If it is peer-reviewed, it will have this icon:

A screenshot of a item record on Library Search. Peer-reviewed is underneath the item title and circled in red.

Business Source Complete

Limit your results to 'Scholarly (Peer Reviewed) Journals' using the left-hand column.

A screenshot of the filters on Business Source Complete. 'Scholar (Peer Reviewed) Journals is circled in red.

Other Search Engines

Search engines may not explicitly state if an article has been peer-reviewed. If you are unsure whether an article has been peer-reviewed, look for the 'about this journal' section in the journal. If you are unsure about the article and whether you can use it for your assignment, please contact us on:

Academic Resources: Library Guide Pages

Business Journal Databases

Trouble-shooting Issues

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