Monday, October 10, 2011

Need some help finding information for assignments?

Got your first assignment due and not really sure where to start? We had some library classes on earilier in the semester, but if you missed them here's a summary of some of the Library's key tips for getting information for assignments.

When you write your assignment you need to give concrete examples (ie, from research) to support your statements. Instead of using Google to look for information to cite in your assignment you should try the library databases where you'll be able to find up-to-date journal articles (scholarly and peer reviewed) on your topic. There are several databases you could try for your first search:
Each of these databases cover a wide range of topics and subjects like business, science and humanities. They are also pretty easy to use, have a look at the video below showing a demonstration about searching Ebsco.

If you're a Google fan you might want to give Summon a try (the search box on the Library homepage). Summon allows you to search across about 80% of the Library's electronic resources. So you don't always have to go to each individual database to see what information is available on your topic.

Here's a short video about how to use Summon and what exactly it does.

Summon Screencast from Lisa Barker on Vimeo.

Remember you need to reference other peoples ideas in your assignment. This will allow your tutor or lecturer to find out exactly where your information came from. The library website has referencing guides which provide some instructions on how to reference books, journal articles, etc.

Now you should be able to get started on finding information for your assignments. If you need any more help, come to the desk in the Main Library or chat with us using Ask A Librarian (at the top right of this page).

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