Research usually requires an inital, and often ongoing, review of the literature to:
Conducting an extensive search of the literature is different to finding a few articles for an assignment, and requires a carefully planned search strategy.
To begin with:
Impact Factors (sometimes referred to as ISI Impact Factors or IF) are a measure of how often the average article in a particular journal has been cited within a set period of time, and is used as a quantitative tool for evaluating journals within their field.
Journal Impact Factors can be found in Journal Citation Reports (JCR). See the links on the Library databases page:
If your work is cited in journals not listed in JCR, consider the following:
The ERA (Excellence in Research for Australia) initiative assesses research quality in eight discipline clusters within Australia's higher education institutions, using a combination of indicators and expert review by committees comprising experienced, internationally-recognised experts.
Scopus Analytics is available (on campus only) from the direct link in the 'Important message' box on the Scopus database information page. Scopus analyses data for peer-reviewed journals indexed by Scopus from 1996 to present in five calculations:
Publish or Perish (PoP) is a free software program that retrieves and analyses academic citations. It uses Google Scholar to obtain the raw citations, then analyses these and presents the following statistics:
The software is available for download from the PoP website.
Prepare for your postgraduate journey by using Tracka, an interactive thesis program that can help you to gauge how much you've achieved to keep up your momentum as you progress through the next stage.