Reviewing the published literature and theses from the field
We can assist you in finding the scholarly literature relevant to your research focus. Major citation databases and other resources will help you identify key authors, articles and ideas to be included in your literature review.
- Subject guides identify key resources, including recommended library databases, in a wide range of subject areas. Consult these guides if you are not sure where to begin your literature search.
- The Finding and obtaining theses guide will help you locate RMIT, Australian and overseas theses.
Consult RMIT University’s Higher Degrees by Research policy for advice on the thesis submission process.
Getting items not held at the Library
Locate items held in other Victorian academic libraries by searching their individual catalogues or the Libraries Australia database of holdings of major Australian libraries. Once you’ve located the items you need, you may be able to borrow them in person, or request them through our Document Delivery Service.
Staying up-to-date with your research
Save your searches and set up database or search engine alerts so that you are informed when new references matching your research are added to the database. Most major databases allow you to set up alerts, but they vary in the type of alerts they offer.
Choosing where to publish your research
We have compiled information and links to a range of tools and resources to help you find the most suitable journals, conference proceedings and other publications in which to publish your research. We also provide you with information on different models of open access publishing adopted by publishers and some guidance to avoiding the pitfalls of predatory publishing.
Tracking the impact of your research
There are tools and resources that will help you to measure and demonstrate the quality of your research. It includes information on citation, journal and researcher metrics, as well as Altmetrics.
Managing your ORCID researcher profile
Establish and maintain your researcher profile. Use research identifiers to create and manage your profile as a researcher, ensuring that all of your publications are identified with you. To increase research impact and attract collaborators, share your publications and promote your research through academic networks and by blogging or tweeting about your research.