Skip to Main Content

Find information

Where to search

Knowing where to search is just as important as knowing how to search. The following video will help you to understand why and when to use different search tools.

 Video Length: 2 minutes 14 seconds

  • Knowing where to search is just as important as knowing how to search.
  • Not all search tools will give you access to the same information.
  • Understanding why and when to use different search tools will save you time.
  • The Library Collection:
    • is a good place to search for scholarly material.
    • provides free access to a variety of resources types across a range of subject areas.
  • Databases:
    • help focus your search and have more advanced searching options.
  • Google Scholar:
    • provides access to a wide range of resources, but not all of it is scholarly. 
    • use the Google Scholar link from the Library website for best access to full-text references.
  • Some types of specific information are best found using a search engine or specific website.
  • All resources need to be evaluated before using them.

Search the Library Collection

The Library Collection is a good place to start your search for finding eBooks, journal articles, reports, videos, and more.

Learn more on how to search collection.

Video Length: 3 min 33 sec


How to read a Library collection record

Key databases

Databases are online collections of resources including articles, papers, book chapters and reports. Databases have advanced search options, helping to focus your search and find more relevant, scholarly references quickly. Below is a list of key databases for your discipline.

Want to Know More?

Read: How to Save Time Searching Databases (PDF - 301KB)

Google Scholar

Google Scholar searches only within academic or scholarly sites, rather than the whole internet. You will be able to link directly to articles that the Library has access to by clicking on the Full-text at UniSA link.

Search in Google Scholar directly from the Library homepage for best access to full-text references.

Screenshot of Google Scholar box on UniSA Library Collection homepage

Use the Full-text at UniSA feature in Google Scholar to access subscription restricted resources only available at UniSA.

Learn more on how to search Google Scholar.

Video Length: 3 min 5 sec

Find more information

Find news media

The Library's News Media Guide provides help searching and evaluating a wide range of Australian and International news media including newspapers, television, radio and media releases. Start your search with:

Find statistics

A huge range of statistical resources can be found via the Library collection and databases.  

OR when searching databases or the library collection for statistics, simply add the word 'statistics' into your search.

Find videos

The Library provides access to a wide range of video content through a number of key video databases, including:

OR when searching the library collection, use the Refine my results menu to refine the Resource Type to Audio Visual

Find music scores

If you're looking for music scores/sheet music in the library collection,  type the title of the piece of music you're looking for into the search box and click search. Then refine your search using the resource type of 'score' on the left side of the page.

e.g. "Bran Nue Dae"

If you want to search generally for music but don't know the title or if you would like to browse, type 'music' into the search box and again refine to 'score' giving you over 31,000 choices.

These sites provide free score downloads, but take care as some items may still be in copyright.

Purchasing sheet music

Most of the following are commercial sites:

Find scripts and screenplays

If you'd like to search for screenplays in the library collection type the title, followed by the word screenplay, into the search box.

eg. Proof screenplay

If you want to search generally for plays where you don't know the title or would like to browse, type 'screenplay' into the search box and refine by book format down the left side of the page.

These sites offer screenplays for download:

Find images

Check out the Images page of our Digital Media guide for information on finding and using images in your assignments.

Find open media

Check out our Open Educational Resources guide for information on finding and using openly licensed images, video, text, software and more in your assignments.

Select Appropriate References

While you are finding references, you need to think about whether they are appropriate to use in your assignment. You may be asked to use Scholarly, Academic or Peer Reviewed material to support your arguments. 

You should evaluate all resources before including them in your assignment - even if you found them through the Library Collection or Databases.

Want to Know More?