The amount of information available for you to access is phenomenal, and can be found through a variety of different portals - some good, and some not so good. When looking for academic resources, start by searching through a reliable platform. This includes:
- Library Search: Search is the Library’s discovery platform, and is the best place to start your research. It will look for items held physically at the various campus libraries, as well as e-resources, including journal articles, e-books, conference papers, and more
- Specialised databases: The Library subscribes to a multitude of specialised subject databases, which your lecturers will direct you to - some common databases include ProQuest, EBSCO, Scopus, and JSTOR. Like Search, their content come in a variety of formats, but are often faculty- or discipline-specific.
The following video will show you other areas to look out for when evaluating a resource:
Evaluating resources can be tricky, especially if it’s not something you’re used to. If you need any help searching for resources or evaluating them, speak to a librarian at your library’s Research & Learning point.
Good luck! By following these tips, you should be off to a great start with your research.