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.
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The Library Catalogue is a good place to start your search for scholarly material. You can use it to find eBooks, journal articles, reports, videos and more.
Using the "tweak your results" menu, you can refine your search to find exactly what you need.
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.
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|Read: How to Save Time Searching Databases (PDF)|
Google Scholar searches only within academic or scholarly sites, rather than the whole internet. By accessing Google Scholar from within the library website, you will be able to link directly to articles that the library has access to by clicking on the Full-text at UniSA link.
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|Find Case Studies|
Try the following databases when looking for case studies relevant to sociology:
OR when searching the catalogue or databases for case studies, type 'case study' into the search bar or refine your search options to only include case studies.
|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:
A huge range of statistical resources can be found via the Library catalogue and databases.
OR when searching databases or the catalogue for statistics, simply add the word 'statistics' into your search.
The Library provides access to a wide range of video content through a number of key video databases, including:
OR When searching the library catalogue, use the Refine my Results menu to refine the Resource Type to Audio Visual
|Find Conference Papers|
Conference papers or proceedings are the written version of presentations given at conferences or meetings or professional or scholarly bodies and organisations. Conference papers can be a great way to find up to date information, research trends and innovations on a specific topic because researchers often present their findings first at conferences.
To search for conference papers:
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 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 Catalogue or Databases.