Hi. I'm Lyndall, your embedded librarian. This guide was created to help you with your research for CHM321. You'll find links to videos and resources that will give you the tools to find great information.

To refresh your understanding of topic analysis, searching databases, and evaluating information check out the common search tips below or look back at this guide:

Where to search


Databases will help you find academic resources and are often subject-specific. You will get fewer results than Primo, but they will be more relevant to your subject/discipline. 

I recommend trying the following database:

The Science database list has more databases you can search.

Other Sources

You may need to refer to news articles, legislation and Standards in your assessment. 

Common search tips

These search tips can help you to find more relevant results in Primo Search and many other library databases. You can also have a look at the Database Help and the Primo Search Help guides.

Search Operator Example
Use AND to retrieve results that contain both of your search terms. laboratory AND accident
Use OR to retrieve results that contain any or all of your search terms. laboratory OR lab
Using NOT to exclude irrelevant results. lab NOT retriever
Combine terms with parentheses to create complex searches. (laboratory OR lab) AND accident
Use quotation marks to search for a phrase "chemical hazard"

Search for terms with different word endings using an asterisk.

Use this carefully. Some databases require at least 4 letters before the *

manag* = manage, managed, managing, management

Pol* = policy, police, polymer, polygon and so many more!

A question mark can be used to replace a single letter within a word. analy?e = analyse, analyze

Some databases use different symbols, so if these tips don't work in the database you are using check their help section.


Learn how to search efficiently in the Library databases:

Types of articles, critical appraisal and evaluating information

This section of the guide covers types of articles, how to critically read what you've found and how to appraise and evaluate that information. 

Types of research articles

Original or primary research article. These articles are reports of original research. They include a hypothesis, a short literature review, methods, results, interpretation of findings, and a discussion of possible implications. 

Review article

Review articles provide a summary and an evaluation of research on a topic. The review will also identify gaps in knowledge, which will help identify further research that needs to be done. 

Case study

A case study is a research method that involves an in-depth, detailed examination of an organisation, event, action, or person over a defined period of time.

Clinical trial

Clinical trials are research investigations in which people volunteer to test new treatments, interventions or tests as a means to prevent, detect, treat or manage various diseases or medical conditions. 

Methodologies or methods

These articles present an experimental method, test or procedure. 

Perspective, opinion, and commentary

These scholarly articles express a personal opinion or a new perspective about existing research on a particular topic. 


How to read an original research article

An "original research article" reports the results of an original research study. It is sometimes called a primary research article. The article also looks at how the study adds knowledge to what is already known. 

When you start reading a scientific research article it will help if you understand what is included in the different sections and what you should look for. Check out this detailed step-by-step guide. 


Critical appraisal is an important step in research. While there are many options you can choose from one tool available to you is the CASP (Critical Appraisal Skills Program) Checklist


Evaluating what you find is a vital step in your research. Learn more about evaluation by visiting the evaluating information page.

Your textbooks

Your textbook is available online through the library, however access to your textbook is limited. Follow the best practice in the video below to ensure you have access to what you need without disadvantaging other students in your subject.