Where to research for your assignment

It is important to find high quality information for your assignments. Here are some key resources to help you get started with your research.

Course readings

Course readings are a 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 or in the Readings section of your course site.

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.

You can also find copies of your course readings in the Library catalogue. Simply search for the title of the journal article or book. Still can’t find the right item? Try including the author’s name in the search.

Library catalogue

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:

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.

Google Scholar

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.

You can even use Google Scholar to find academic resources at Griffith University. It’s as simple as changing a setting. Head to Griffith’s Ask us page to find out how.

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