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