Health: Find evidence (Books)

Find evidence (Books)

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  • definitions
  • topic overviews
  • step-by-step guides
  • in-depth information on a topic

...and much more comprehensive coverage of a topic than a webpage. Many books in the Library's collection are written or edited by people with expertise in the relevant field.

Types of books

There are a number of different types of books that you may need to use. For example:

Reference books – include encyclopaedias, handbooks, dictionaries, bibliographies and directories. Consult them to define terms or find specific information. Search for them using the catalogue, like any other book.

Textbooks provide instructional material intended for educational purposes. Textbooks are frequently updated as the material can become out of date very quickly.
Scholarly books – written on specific subjects and usually for a specific audience. Scholarly materials are necessary for university-level research in most disciplines.

Find books and videos by searching the Library catalogue.

Quick tips

  • Search for the Title or Author by changing the drop-down menu from All fields
  • Use double quotes for phrases, e.g. "physical activity"
  • Use the truncation symbol * to find alternative word endings e.g. "health promotion" communit*
  • Use the Format limit and select Book

An ebook is a digital book. It functions just like a traditional print book, but can be enhanced with technology to make it connected and interactive.
 

Ebooks are accessed through the internet and read using computers, tablets, smartphones or ereaders.

To find ebooks you can limit your results by Format: Books, then Show Only: Full Text Online

Catalogue search example [Image source: UniSA Library]

For help finding, using and downloading UniSA Library ebooks see the:

Book <image, public domain>A subject search in the Catalogue may help focus your search and find relevant results.

Search the subject field by changing the drop-down menu from All Fields to Subject. E.g.:

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Search the Library Catalogue

The Library Catalogue can be a useful starting point in locating information. It is like a search engine which searches across the Library’s collection of print and electronic books, DVDs, journals and theses, together with journal and newspaper articles from numerous databases.

Use the Library Catalogue:

  • to find a book or ebook by its title
  • to find a journal article by its title, or use a combination of article title and author
  • to find information in books, journals and other materials on a topic
  • Use the down arrow next to the search box to select All fields, Title, Author or Subject. All fields is similar to doing a keyword search, and is the default search option.

Learn to use the Library Catalogue by working through the following interactive tutorial:

 



Search the Library Catalogue  

Next steps

Find Articles <Image, public domain>Need more evidence? Consider searching for journal articles. Click the image to learn how.
 

 

 

Evaluate <Image, public domain>Once you have found all the evidence you intend to use for your assignment, evaluate it.