Information is a key element of your studies, but it is important to know where it comes from and how reliable it is. The Library can help you can help you find what you need and assess the reliability of your sources.This includes:
Check out the Library's finding and evaluating sources webpage to get in-depth tips for every step of the process.
Searching with common symbols:
Monash Library Search is not sensitive to diacritic searching. A diacritic, also known as an accent is a small symbol assigned to a letter that changes the pronunciation of the word. This means that the accent mark (é), cedilla (ç), or umlaut (ÿ) are read as (e), (c) and (y), respectively.
Databases such as EBSCO have setting options that you can switch on to allow you to use accents, cedillas and umlauts in your keyword searches, whilst other databases such as Proquest use a similar setting to the Monash Library Search.
Analyse the references you find by considering the following:
Peer review is a process in which an article is evaluated by experts (usually researchers at a university) before it is published. "Peer reviewed articles" have been through this process successfully.
Peer reviewed is sometimes also referred to as "scholarly" or "refereed".
Primary vs. Secondary sources
A primary source is a document or object that was written or created at the time under investigation. It provides a first hand account or personal viewpoint of an event or time period. Examples of a primary source include:
A secondary source describes, analyses or evaluates these primary sources.