Finding peer reviewed journal articles for your case studies
For your case studies you will need to find peer reviewed journal articles to support your discussions.
Remember to read all the information on your course website related to your assessment to understand exactly what you need to do.
Peer reviewed means that the article you are looking at has been reviewed by one or more experts in that field of research. Sometimes peer reviewed journals articles can be referred to as refereed, scholarly or academic sources.
Many search tools, such as the Library catalogue and the database Business Source Complete allow you to limit your search to peer reviewed articles only.
We recommend you watch or read:
Before you start searching you should:
The concepts you identify can be used in your searches.
For example, for information around recruitment practices within HR you might identify:
|Concept 1||Concept 2||Concept 3|
|human resource management||recruitment||practices|
|Synonyms||human resources, HR, HRM||recruiting, selection process, hiring||strategies, approaches|
To learn more about this process watch or read:
The Library catalogue is a good place to start your search.
However, you should aslo become familiar with searching library databases. Try:
Tip: Business Source Complete is a key database for finding business and human resource management literature including peer reviewed articles. It will be useful throughout your studies.
Your online course facilitator has identified many peer reviewed journals to use. To search for them in the Library catalogue:
|The Library Catalogue|
|Business Source Complete|
2. Incorporate any synonyms into your search using the connector OR. This will help broaden your search.
3. Use the Limit To options (left hand side) to limit your search by peer reviewed journals and publication date.
More search help:
Even though you should primarily include peer reviewed journal articles in your assignment you can also include some other types of information sources such as magazine and newspapers.
To find newspaper articles explore the:
Tip: Newsbank newspapers is a good place to search
Business Source Complete allows you to find magazines like the Harvard Business Review.
Tip: Limit your search to Publication Type: Trade Publications or Newspapers.
Websites can also be a good source of scholarly information, however remember to always evaluate what you find.