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Identifying and understanding different information sources
Some general hints on search techniques
Searching in Primo Search, the Library's main search tool
Using Journal Databases, and
COMMONLY USED SOURCES
There are many different types of resources which might offer information on the topic you are researching, but you need to consider whether the source is scholarly or authoritative enough for an academic assignment. (If in doubt, check with your lecturer.)
Use this source to:
Get an overview, introduction, and/or background on a topic
Get in-depth information about a broad topic
Access the latest research and ideas on your topic
Learn about varied perspectives on a topic
Examine a topic in very specific detail
Get the latest current affairs and business information
Investigate public attitudes to topics and issues
Locate reports and documents from government, academic, or professional organisations
Find background or introductory information
Familiarise yourself with the topic
Find factual and statistical information on a topic
Get an overview of a subject
Use subject specific resources to decipher the "jargon" of your topic
*Source type includes both hard copy and online versions of the source (for example, books includes both hard copy books and ebooks).
The following pages will introduce you to three common search tools to help you find resources for your assignments.