What you will learn
University assignments are built on scholarly evidence, so a key skill you will need to develop at University is in finding appropriate information. After completing this module, you should be confident in your ability to:
Once you are clear about your assignment brief, look for specific instructions in your assignment telling you what sources are appropriate. These specifications will dictate what, where and how you will look for the resources you require. This information is provided below for some of the resource types commonly required in assignments.
Journal articles, books, and other academic materials are generally not available for free to the wider public. You will need to use the Library catalogue or an appropriate database to access them.
Regardless of which of the search tools you use, your search results are tied to the keywords you enter. It's very important that you use the right words so that you can find the right information. Start by looking for the main ideas or concepts in your research question.