Begin by watching this short video: Think. Plan. Discover. Why keywords matter (1 min. 30 secs)
Before you start searching identify the main concepts/topic words - the keywords you use to search for information. For example:
Recently, the Internet of Things (IoT) has been gaining attention from researchers.
Analyse the IoT from the perspective of TWO of the privacy theories.
Then think of similar keywords or phrases (synonyms) you could use when searching. For example:
The following is one example of a search strategy:
"Internet of Things" OR IoT
"Privacy Theory" OR "Privacy Theories"
Library Catalogue search example:
Once you have found information for your assignments it is important to think about whether or not the information is of a good quality and useful.
For help watch or refer to:
Some databases to start searching:
Multidisciplinary databases may also be useful:
Global Serials Directory
When you select one of the database titles above you will be linked to information about the database, including subjects it covers. Select the link under Online to search the database.
Tip - some databases have a feature that limits your search results to conference proceedings only (e.g. Compendex, Inspec, IEEE Xplore).
Refer to the Find articles and conference papers page in this Subject Guide for further databases and search tips.
Tip: Narrow results by Format (e.g. book/ebook, journal article), Date and a relevant Subject.
ScienceDirect search example:
Too many results? Use a date range, search within results or refine your search further using the
Refine Results menu. Need help finding the full text? See this Library guide.
The IEEEXplore database contains many full text conference proceedings and ALL conferences in IEEEXplore are peer reviewed. To find conference papers only you can either: Browse by Conference Publications or do an Advanced Search and limit your search to Content Types - Conferences.
IEEEXplore advanced search example:
Use the truncation symbol * to find the stems of words e.g secur* finds secure, security.