Where to start your researchPosted: July 25, 2017
While Wikipedia is great for giving you a quick understanding of a topic, we don’t recommend you ever use it in an assignment. Effective researching is a critical uni skill. But where should you start?
Course readings are great place to start when doing research for assignments.
Find your course Reading List in Learning@Griffith. It can be found in your course profile, in the Readings section of your course site, or by searching for your course here.
Reading Lists provide you with links to online resources (eBooks, journal articles, web pages), or to the Library catalogue so you can find print resources.
The Library catalogue is a great place to search for resources.
From books, journal articles and videos to conference proceedings, newspaper articles and online documents, the Library catalogue has it all, and more!
It lets you search for a huge number of resources in one place – the search box on the library home page.
To find specialised information, you will need to use online search tools, like the Library databases.
You can search databases to find specialised resources, such as:
- Case law
- Drug information
- Clinical information
- Company information and financials
- Newspaper articles and news broadcasts
The library also has databases for different disciplines. So if you require information on a business, law, education, health, science or social science topic, there is a database for you.
Not sure which database to search for your discipline? Check out our handy library guides.
Now, you’ve probably used Google to search for information before. Whether it was for academic, work or recreational purposes, we all know how helpful the search engine can be.
But did you know Google has an academic search engine? Google Scholar is a search engine which searches a wide variety of sources including academic online journals, conference papers, dissertations, technical reports and books.