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Research Skills

Searching For Resources

The basics of searching

Library resources

Search the catalogue to discover
resources available through the library.

 Do a broad search of your topic

 Use refiners to narrow your results
by resource type, date range and more

 
 Library Search video
 How to search the Library catalogue

 

Databases

Search the library databases to gain
full-text access to scholarly journal articles.

 Always limit results to full-text only

 Use database refiners to narrow your   
results

See database help guides for more information
and user tips for each specific database

 

 Databases video
 An introduction, learn the basics

 

 5 tips for database searching video
 

Web sources

Search the internet to find general
background information.

 Always evaluate websites carefully

 Algorithms put the most clicked on pages
at the top of the results, not the most relevant

 

Search by topic / keywords 

e.g. implementing marketing
strategies  

Search by subjects

e.g. customer service

 

Search by key concepts

e.g. PESTEL analysis

 ?   Need help choosing and evaluating resources? See Selecting Your Resources page for more information.

Advanced searching