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Health Research Guide: FAQ

A guide to help you getting started with your research for Nursing and Health Sciences.

Frequently Asked Questions

If you are stuck and don't know how to start, where to continue, etc. with your research and referencing, don't feel you are the only one, as others have been in the same place and have probably asked the same questions. Here is a list of some frequently asked questions.


Is a journal peer reviewed or not?

I have found some journal articles on Google Scholar, but am not sure if they are peer reviewed. How can I find out if they are peer reviewed?

  • Go to the CDU Library website
  • Select Databases (in More Search Options)
  • Select “U”
  • Open “Ulrich’s Periodicals Directory”
  • Type the title of the journal in the Title search box

  • If the journal has an icon like a referee's shirt next to it

.....that means it is refereed / peer reviewed, the journal contains peer reviewed articles.

Ulrich's Periodicals Directory

Ulrichsweb is an easy to search source of detailed information on more than 300,000 multidisciplinary serials of all types: academic and scholarly journals, e-journals, peer-reviewed titles, popular magazines, newspapers, newsletters, and more.

Researching Help

I have spent hours looking for resources, but I can't find anything. How can I get help?

  • Contact a librarian at or call 08 8946 7016


Checking references, citations and general writing

I'm not sure about my writing, as I haven't had to write an essay in years. Is there anyone who could provide me with some feedback on my writing and also check my referencing and my citations?


Different types of academic writing

I have to write a report and have no idea how to structure it. Where can I find information to help me write the report?

  • The Study Skills site website will provide you with information on how to write various types of assignments.


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