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MBA Candidates' Guide

This guide provides research information for MBA candidates studying within Southern Cross Business School.

Key resources

Key databases

Useful sites

Here are some helpful websites with advice from experienced academics.

Introduction to business resources tutorial

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Some useful books to help you get started.

Journal articles & databases

Searching for scholarly information

  Find a peer-reviewed Journal

A peer reviewed journal contains articles that have been reviewed by a panel of experts prior to publication.

When you search various Databases you may have an option to restrict your search to scholarly / peer-reviewed / academic articles.

Check Ulrichsweb to see whether a journal is peer reviewed. Search for the name of the journal and the academic gown symbol.

This Library video shows you exactly what to look for.

Google Scholar

Change your settings so that Find it @ SCU links automatically appear within Google Scholar in your search results:

  1. Click the three horizontal lines (top left) then go to Settings (the cog at the bottom of the list)
  2. Click Library links
  3. Type in Southern Cross University and click the search button
  4. Tick Southern Cross University - Find it @ SCU

If you use EndNote, under Bibliography Manager, select EndNote
Click Save.

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Google Scholar Search


Library collections search

Search the library collections in a new window, or use the search box below to enter author, title or subject keywords:


Top tips for effective searching in the library collections (vid. 2 min.):

ResearchReady Want more research tips? Try our Research Ready Tutorial.

Requesting an InterLibrary Loan

  • First check the SCU Catalogue to see if your book is in our collection. If it does not, then you can request that we borrow a copy from another library for you.
  • To do this click the Request Non-SCU item link which appears in the Catalogue screen. Our friendly staff then locate a library which holds the book.
  • For postgraduate students there is no charge for this service if the item is held in another Australian library.

Searching the library collections


Literature reviews

Skills for searching the literature

A good search strategy is essential to get the best results and to feel confident that you have found all relevant material for your Literature Review.

See Database search tips for helpful, timesaving tips.

Finding and searching using the most appropriate descriptor or subject heading in a database ensures you find ALL the relevant material on that topic within that database.  

Keep records of where you search and what search terms you used, so you don't waste time repeating searches at a later date!

Checklist of sources for your literature review

In order to be sure you have done a really comprehensive search of the literature, here is a checklist of sources/types of information for you to use.  

Books:  Search the SCU catalogue and Libraries Australia which searches ALL library catalogues throughout Australia. The National Library of Australia and all the State Libraries are deposit libraries, so you can be sure you are seeing everything that has been published in Australia, including theses, reports and conference papers. Request an Inter-Library Loan for items not held at SCU. (Note: not available to offshore students.)

Electronic books: Search in the SCU catalogue and limit your results to "Available Online" and "Books." 

Journal literature: Use databases to find relevant scholarly articles that are unavailable without an SCU login. To find suitable databases for your subject area, see the subject guides. Databases searches are essential to ensure that you have retrieved all relevant literature in your field. Google Scholar can also be used to locate articles. 

Citation databases: e.g. Scopus and Web of Science allow you to trace the works of particular authors and provides citations to related articles. These sources provide both peer-reviewed research literature and quality web resources.

Websites of Organisations often contain useful links to other quality web resources. Find a key organisation in your subject area (government agency, nongovernmental organisation, scholarly society, research institute, professional or business association). Find their website and look for links.

Statistics are available online from a number of organisations. Supporting your argument with statistics can be a powerful tool for any researcher.

Grey Literature - Unpublished source material is an essential resource for some research projects but is often extremely difficult to locate and access. See our Grey Literature Library Guide or your Liaison Librarian for assistance.


Start with books


Australian Theses

Borrowing Theses

Once you know the details of a thesis, how do you obtain the thesis? Here is a summary of what to do:

  1. Search the catalogue to find out if it is available for loan in the Library collection.
  2. Browse or search Trove or SCU's institutional repository, Cross Connect, to see if it is available online.
  3. For theses not held at SCU Library and not available online, contact the library Document Supply Service for assistance as they may be able to borrow the thesis from another library.

Research methodology

Start with books

Writing your thesis

Start with books

Referencing and EndNote

Helpful books for referencing

Style guides / referencing - Harvard

The School of Business and Tourism uses the Harvard referencing style.

For information on referencing please consult the SCU Library Harvard Referencing Style Guide online.

There are some tools available to help with referencing - once you are familiar with the Harvard style itself.  You might like to explore our EndNote LibGuide and familiarise yourself with this reference management software.

EndNote - referencing software

Why use EndNote?

  • EndNote is a brilliant time saver.
  • EndNote stores all of your references in one place, including files like pdfs.
  • EndNote can make a bibliography in any style you want, like Harvard, APA, Vancouver, Chicago, AGLC footnotes, or styles required for publishing in a wide range of journals.
  • You can make extensive notes about each reference in EndNote in preparation for your literature review.
  • You don't even have to type the reference details in yourself; you can transfer the information from library databases or catalogues, or Google Scholar.

EndNote is free to SCU staff and students.

Go to the EndNote LibGuide for further information and to download the software.

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