One of the major skills to refine when at uni is knowing how to research effectively 😉 For some, others prefer searching for journal articles via the Deakin Library databases website. But as for me, Google scholar does the job for me!
But hold the phone! What’s a journal article? A journal article is a research paper on a topic that’s been rigorously researched by scholars/academics and has been peer reviewed. In other words a research paper that is backed up by prior studies (academic). And these researchers actually conduct their own experiments to solve the question/topic!
So how do you go about finding these journal articles?
The Google scholar way is below 😉
1. Go to Google scholar
2. Click on Settings.
3. Click on Library links.
4. Enter in Deakin.
5. Tick these 3 boxes and you’re good to go!
(* This is just an initial set up so you only need to do this once and Google will remember the settings 😉
And just for an example.
Let’s look up journal articles for Cryptography.
As you can see there’s a lot of outdated journal articles that are generated.
Rule of thumb for journal articles the last 4 years are considered current. So like 2010-2014. This applies to most assignments so happy days!
So how to get more recent ones?
1. On the left hand side click on Since 2014. Then the most current to least current articles will populate.
2. I quite like the look of Neuroscience meets cryptography.
Click on Find @ Deakin
3. You’ll arrive at the database portal. Any links under the full text will take you to the article. If all else fails, click on Publisher’s site.
4. Now you’re just seconds away to accessing your first journal article successfully! Pop in your Deakin login details and…
5. Here we are at the download page! Best way to read journal articles is to download the PDF. For app recommendations see The essential uni apps =)