Finding and Using Information

Finding and using information

Finding information

Check the library catalogue first to see if the book or journal you need is available.

A number of electronic databases are available; you can search these by subject.

Search hints and tips

Try the following tips to help you search for information:

  • Plan ahead - choose your keywords carefully; what words best describe your subject topic?
  • Use truncation (usually * or ?) to find all the endings to a word, e.g. child* will find child and children
  • Use a wildcard (*) to replace a single character within a word to find different spellings, e.g. colo*r will find colour and color
  • Combine your search words using:
  • and (to find all words)
  • or (to find any of the words)
  • not (to exclude a word)
  • Exact phrase search – put double quotes around a set of words (“ ...... “) to search for your exact words in exact order
  • Look for options to limit your search by date, language or file type

Evaluating what you find

The databases we subscribe to have been compiled and/or reviewed by experts. Most information on the open web has not been evaluated. To evaluate what you find, think about: 

  • Who has written the text?
  • How much authority do they have?
  • When the site was last updated?
  • Can you contact the author or organisation?
  • Is the information cited reliable, error-free, authentic and relevant?
  • Is the information biased in any way?

How to cite and reference

 

 

 

 

 

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