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Ornithology Research Skills Guide: Topic 2: Find Information

Introduction to search tools

Although there are various search tools available to you, some are better than others at finding scholarly information for your assignments. Over the next few pages, we'll introduce you to three that we think you will find most useful.

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 such as Google, Yahoo and Bing are tools that are accessible by anyone, they 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 as better and best as they are provided by the CSU Library for the use of CSU students and staff only, enabling access to subscribed content that is not freely available via internet search engines.

Graph depicting suitability of internet search tools in ascending order. Internet search engines are OK, Google Scholar is Good, Primo Search is Better and Journal Databases are best.