This step-by-step guide provides a guide to finding information for your assignment.
Before you start, spend five minutes making a mind-map or list to brainstorm all of the words and concepts around your chosen topic, including synonyms and related concepts. This process will help you:
1. Clarify your topic
2. Break it into component parts or themes
3. Identify key words to use in your searches.
To do a really effective search you will need to consider what words a variety of authors writing about your topic might use. Consider:
Synonyms or related words e.g.
adolescents / teenagers / youth
wellbeing / health
multinational corporation / transnational corporation
You may need to search for both British and American spellings of words.
Different endings to words/plurals
You may need to search for different word endings, e.g. violence, violent. On some databases you can use an asterisk (*) at the end of the word stem to find different endings, e.g. violen* to find violence or violent.
Experiment with combinations of search words to find a good range of articles on your topic.
To search MultiSearch:
Other tips for finding books:
Use journals to find the latest academic research and analysis of a topic. Search a database to find articles on your topic. Use MultiSearch to search across all books and journal articles available via the Library. Google Scholar is useful for finding journal articles on any topic and cited references (articles that cite another article).
References on Learn have already been evaluated for quality. You will need to evaluate sources that you find yourself. Think critically about the information you find. The quality of your information will contribute to the quality of your assignment.
More on evaluating your sources