Take a few moments to reflect on your question and plan before you start searching.
Here is an example where we have highlighted the keywords from the topic.
'Discuss how Vietnamese migrants have affected Australian society.'
Now you have some keywords try to think about similar words, phrases or even different spellings that you could also use in your searching.
Mind maps can be a great way to brainstorm see the Your Question page of this guide for more information on mind maps.
For more help on defining your topic and connecting your keywords try the Library's How to guide Connect and combine search terms
See other versions here.
The Library Catalogue is a great place to start your searching. It searches across our collection and many of the Library's databases to find books, DVDs, journal articles, newspaper articles, papers and more.
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Google is a fantastic tool but it can be hard to find quality academic information. Many of the top hits are commercial sites that Google is paid to advertise.
Google Scholar is better because it searches mainly academic sites and provides links to many full-text documents. Unfortunately this can lead you to sites which ask you to pay.
The good news is that there is a link to Google Scholar on the Library home page - this gives you free access to many documents through the Library.
Ebooks can be read online or 'borrowed' to read offline on a PC or mobile device. Visit the Library's ebook guide for information about finding, accessing, printing and downloading ebooks.