This topic will guide you in how to source relevant information throughout your studies. It will help you to:
- locate the best places to search for subject specific information
- understand the types of sources commonly used in assignments
- understand how to search for specific resource types
- understand how to use specific search tools (library catalogue, databases, Google/ Google Scholar)
- understand how to troubleshoot web browsers
Now that you have completed Searching strategies and understand how to create a search string, the next step is understanding the best place for you to conduct a search. This step will often depend on what you are studying and what specifically you are looking for.
Some tasks allow you to reference material from your unit content (i.e., study guide and lecture notes), so be sure to check whether this is permitted. Look to your weekly readings (myReadings) as they are guaranteed to be relevant sources of information and may also lead you to other relevant sources (i.e., check their reference lists). You should also check your unit materials for links to additional recommended readings and other reliable sources of information. Remember that this is your starting point, and while you may find important and relevant information from within your unit content, you also will also need to search for your own information.
This topic will take you through the best places to search for your subject area and provide searching demonstration videos to understand how the library catalogue and specific databases work.