Academic or scholarly books are written or edited by people with subject expertise. Books provide:
It is important to evaluate books you find, this guide from QUT will help you to evaluate:
If you know the book title and author surname(s), you can also search the title using double quotation marks (to lock the words together in a phrase) and include the author's surname to narrow your results:
e.g. "An Introduction to Language" AND Fromkin
Notice AND is capitalised and used to separate the author name and the title.
If there is a book available, you will see the option Online access or borrow a print version.
You can also search with keywords, for example, "speech therapy" AND teenager*. The asterisk is the truncation symbol which broadens your search to include different word-endings, e.g. singular and plural endings.
Narrow your results further by using the filters on the left-hand side menu. Go to Resource Type > Books, then Show Only > Full Text Online
Scholarly journal articles contain highly focused and current research information. They provide:
The Library Collection is a useful starting point in searching for resources. In addition, you can search in some of the suggested databases below.
You can take advantage of the Advanced search to build up combinations of terms by:
STEP 2: Repeat this step for other concepts
STEP 3: In Search History, tick all your concepts and combine them with AND.
Emcare uses the same Ovid search interface and you can search the same way as you search for MEDLINE.
If you already have a search strategy in MEDLINE, you can simply switch the database to Emcare or PsycInfo:
STEP 1: Above the search bar, select Change
STEP 2: in the pop-up window, select Emcare or PsycInfo, then select Run Search.
Searching in Scopus is similar to the Library Catalogue (see above). First select Advance Search then + Add search field to add another concept line.