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Library catalogue topic search: "classroom management" primary

Use double quotes to search for phrases e.g. "classroom management"

Keyword search example:

Classroom Management Catalogue Search Example [Source: UniSA Library]






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Title search: select the 'Title option' from the drop down menu.
Common title? Add extra information (e.g. author's surname), or try the Advanced Search.

Try a subject search in the catalogue.  Change the drop down box to Subject, run the search then refine to Book or Media

For example:

Magnifying glass [Jan Kromer, ‘Novinky - The News’, 1 November 2006, CC License: CC BY-NC-SA 2.0 (, Image Source: flickr]

Look at the following:

  • Accuracy - arguments supported with independent evidence
  • Audience - is it intended for a general audience or someone familiar with the research in the subject?
  • Authorship - what is the author's qualifications to write on the topic (usually an advanced degree with years of experience and research on the subject)?
  • Content - is it within the scope of your research?
  • Currency - check when the book was published, that it is the latest edition, and that it considers any important recent developments
  • Language - the book contains higher level language and discipline-specific terminology
  • Peer- review - most books are peer reviewed before being accepted, as part of the publishing process, but be careful because there are some publishers who simply publish what they are given, for example they will take a thesis and rebadge it as a book without any editorial intervention
  • Publisher - the book is produced by a reputable publisher (see peer review)
  • References - other materials used in the research process are listed in a bibliography or footnotes

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Pile of books [image source UniSA library]


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