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Education (Early Years & Primary): Journals

This guide will outline some of the resources that will be useful throughout your course and beyond.

What are peer-reviewed articles?

Google Scholar

If you skip forward to 4:55 in the above video, you’ll discover how to link Google Scholar and Melbourne Polytechnic Library. This will increase your access to full-text articles. Quick directions are below:

Click   > Settings > Library Links > Search for Melbourne Polytechnic > Tick the box > Save.

Hint: you can also become a member of the State Library of Victoria and further increase your access to journal articles.

FindIt & Google Scholar

The Pros & Cons of
FindIt and Google Scholar

FindIt PRO Filter results by resource type.
For example, peer-reviewed articles.
FindIt PRO

Subject headings.
Resources in FindIt have been described in a consistent manner. Additional information, such as subject headings and categories, has been provided for every resource. This makes the search results much more relevant.

Google Scholar PRO Cited by.
With the cited by function, you can discover other resources that have cited a particular resource. This is an excellent way to do research and find connected information.
Google Scholar PRO

Library links.
If you have access to other libraries (e.g. State Library of Victoria), you can add these Google Scholar and it will increase the amount of resources you have access to.

Google Scholar CON Unable to filter by resource type. 
You will need to be critical of the articles retrieved and may need to dig deeper to discover whether is peer-reviewed.
Google Scholar CON

Not everything is full-text.
With FindIt you have to ability to filter results to full-text only.