Monday, November 4, 2013

Doing assignments? Have you searched the online databases yet?

Do you need to research a topic for an assignment this week?  Have you been asked to use scholarly information?  If so, the library databases might be just what you need!

The online databases are a great place to find information for your assignments and projects.  They include journal articles, conference papers, magazine articles etc.  The information is scholarly and suitable for college assignments.

You can search across all of the databases using One Search.  It is located on the main library page:

Some hints for searching!
Sample assignment: discuss the impact of gender roles on identity

  • search for keywords or topics, e.g. gender roles, identity. The search engine matches your search terms with the words in journal articles so including terms such as discuss or impact is unlikely to make your results more relevant   
  • use inverted commas around phrases, e.g. "gender roles" so that you find articles that include the phrase "gender roles" rather than articles containing the words gender and roles
  • use limiters to refine your search results e.g. limit to "full-text articles" or "peer-reviewed articles", limit by subject, publication year, format etc. 

And finally, you may need your library PIN number to log in to the databases.  Contact us at if you do not know what your PIN number is!

(top image: "Magnified (8/365)" by Jake Bouma via Flickr)

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