At university you are expected to find and use scholarly information:
However, to find scholarly information you need to search in a particular way to get good results.
Use this page to learn how to plan your search and find the best scholarly information sources to use.
Your first step before you find any information is figuring out what your assignment is asking you and what your topic is about.
The following video shows you how to break down your assessment and get started brainstorming keywords you can use.
Before you find any information, identify the main ideas (or key concepts) in your assignment question or research topic
What are the main ideas in your question? For example - in this one:
Do you think the use of computer games will help the students in primary education?
The key concepts are:
Different words can be used to describe the same concept.
Think of other words that could be used to describe your key concepts. Synonyms should also be included.
Boolean Operators are a way of telling a database or search engine how to do your search. Watch the video to learn how.
Use Boolean Operators to combine your keywords & synonyms into a search. You can build multiple searches using different synonyms & keywords.
|Keywords & Synonyms
|(students OR children OR kids)
You will need to find different types of information during your studies. These may include:
The type of information you are looking for will determine where you search, and how you search.
Using the steps above will help you find most of these information types.
Having a good search strategy is important, but it is also essential that you search for information in the right places.The library catalogue is a good place to start and a good place to look for books. If you are looking for journal articles, you should try search in one of our databases!
Explore this study guide or ask a librarian to discover more.
Not all the information you get from a search will be useful. A successful search will show results relevant to your topic. If your results are not relevant go back and try different keywords in your search.
Find relevant results by checking the:
Even if your information is relevant, it might not be good quality. Check if it passes the C.R.A.P. Test before you use it.