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Where do I search to answer my question?

Getting a broad overview of what is available on a topic

Here are some "first stop" resources:

  • Discovery Search: a place to search quickly for materials from the Library Catalogue and a large proportion of our subscription databases containing articles in full-text, ebooks, images, and more.
  • Library Catalogue (books): books, and especially textbooks, provide good introductions, background, as well as basic information on a topic.
  • Encyclopedias: the main source of background information in a library. Short and simple, encyclopedia articles cover the important points of a subject.
  • Google Scholar: free and easy to search, it provides results from a wide variety of sources, including articles, books, reports, and theses.
  • Wikipedia: not a recommended academic source, but it can be a good starting point for the most basic information.

Exploring the literature in a specific academic discipline

Here are some resources that help answer questions for specific courses or subject areas:

  • Library Databases: give you access to a wider selection of quality articles (scholarly or "peer-reviewed") that you wouldn't find through Google.
  • Subject Guides: for guidance from a librarian on which databases to start with.
page last updated on: Friday 5 July 2019
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