A good quality literature review involves searching a number of databases individually.
The Library databases are an excellent resource for finding peer-reviewed journal articles (and also book chapters and conference papers).
Databases may be multidisciplinary or discipline-specific. The best way to find the relevant databases for your review is to consult a list of databases such as the ones found in:
Books are often useful for background information when learning about a topic. They may be general, such as textbooks, or specialised.
A good way to find books is to use an online catalogue such as the Monash University Library Search catalogue.
For further sources of books try your the e-books Library Guide.
|What is grey literature?|
Grey literature is information which has been published informally or non-commercially or remains unpublished.
It can include a range of material, such as government or technical reports, discussion papers, statistics, conference
proceedings and policy documents. The quality of grey literature can vary greatly as it doesn't necessarily go through the traditional editorial process.
|Selected sources of grey literature|
Key ways of finding grey literature include using search engines, databases, government or organisation websites and grey literature directories. For example:
See the Government publications library guide for information on locating federal and state government publications for Australia and selected other countries.
Statistical data can be found in the following selected sources:
Additional statistics are available from many government websites. Try limiting by domain and using the keyword Statistics.
For a list of databases that include statistics see: http://guides.lib.monash.edu/subject-databases/statistics
The Monash University Library Theses library guide provides resources and guidelines for locating and accessing theses produced by Monash University as well as other universities in Australia and internationally.
|Theses at Monash|
Theses available in the library can be found using the Search catalogue.
Formats include print (not available for loan), microfiche and online (some may have access restrictions).
See the Theses library guide for more information on finding theses.
Trove includes doctoral, masters and some honours theses from all Australian and New Zealand universities, as well as theses awarded elsewhere but held by Australian institutions.
For more information see the Trove website
There are a number of thesis databases and repositories.
A popular source is:
For more sources of international theses see the Theses library guide
Conference papers are typically published in conference proceedings (the collection of papers presented at a conference), and may be found in book format, on an organisation or Society's website, as a journal, or as a special issue of another journal.
In some disciplinary areas (such as computer science), conference papers may be a particularly well regarded as a form of scholarly communication; the conferences are highly selective, the papers are generally peer reviewed, and papers are published in proceedings affiliated with high-quality publishing houses.
A citation for a conference paper may look something like the following two examples:
Jarrett, K., Kavukcuoglu, K., & Lecun, Y. (2009, September). What is the best multi-stage architecture for object recognition? In 2009 IEEE 12th International Conference on Computer Vision (pp. 2146-2153). IEEE.
Sato, G. Y., Barthes, J. P., & Chen, K. J. (2008, August). Following the evolution of distributed Communities of Practice. In Cognitive Informatics, 2008. ICCI 2008. 7th IEEE International Conference on (pp. 267-276). IEEE.
Some indexes of conference papers are listed below:
Honours students and postgraduates may request conference papers through Document Delivery. However, conference paper requests may take longer than traditional article requests as they can be difficult to locate; they may have been only supplied to attendees or not formally published. Sometimes only the abstract is available.
The library has a large collection of Australian and overseas newspapers, both current and historical.
To search the full text of newspapers in electronic format use a database such as Newsbank newspapers : Australia and the world.
See the Newspapers library guide for comprehensive information on newspaper sources available via Monash University library and open source databases, as well as searching tips, online videos and more.
Sources of information may be categorised as primary, secondary or tertiary depending on their relationship to the events they describe.
The characteristics of primary, secondary and tertiary sources will differ between different academic disciplines, notably between the sciences and the humanities.
Primary sources are original materials or content from the time period involved, or original research reported for the first time by those who directly participated in, observed or conducted the research.
Sources will be designated as primary sources due to their content regardless of whether they are published or are available in their original format.
Secondary sources describe, interpret, review or comment on events or evidence after the fact. This may be information reported in the primary literature, or in other secondary sources.
Some secondary sources may also be considered tertiary sources depending on the context.
Tertiary sources present a condensed version of materials compiled from primary and secondary sources.
They can be a good place to look up facts or get an easy-to-read overview of a subject, and include guidebooks and encyclopedias.