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EML102 Research Skills Guide: FINDING INFORMATION

INTRODUCTION TO SEARCH TOOLS

Although there are various search tools available to you, some are better than others for finding scholarly information.

When you are looking for resources, it is often worth trying your keywords in each of these search tools – it doesn't take long and can give you some great results.

Internet search engines (i.e. Google) are tools that are accessible by anyone and are useful when searching for general information, such as, definitions and background information and for locating Government and organisation websites.

However, for the purpose of finding information for your assignment we consider Primo Search and the Journal Databases are recommended as they are provided by the Charles Sturt University Library for the use of students and staff only, enabling access to subscribed content that is not freely available via internet search engines.

Internet search engines produce OK results. Millions or billions of results, no review, results are not necessarily "scholarly". Google Scholar produces good results. Broad search with lots of scholarly content but not all of it is accessible. Provides links to journal articles that CSU Library subscribes to. Primo Search produces better search results, as it searches the CSU collection and most journal databases. Journal Databases produce the best results which are discipline specific with sophisticated search options.