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Education: Assignment Help



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Find books and/or articles on MultiSearch

Use MultiSearch:

  • Type your search words into the MultiSearch box.
  • If you know the Title or Author, search using the authors lastname and a few words of the title
  • use the limits on the left of the results screen to limit to Books/eBooks or Journal articles.
  • For academic journal articles, tick the ' Scholarly & peer-reviewed' limit along with 'Journal articles'
  • For books on High Demand, search using your  Course Code.

Help using the library

What is an appropriate resource for my essay?


  • Green: appropriate resources for your essay/assignment.

  • Orange: may be appropriate; consider carefully where the resource was located, how reliable it is, and why you are using it. Use sparingly.

  • Red: Very unlikely to be appropriate, unless identified by your lecturer as a resource they wish you to look at.

Other questions to consider
  • How much information do you need? Lecturers often give guidelines on the number of sources you should use.
  • Has your lecturer specified a minimum number of academic or scholarly resources? Scholarly resources are peer-reviewed journal articles or academic texts/book chapters. (nb. Government policy documents such as Te Whāriki are not considered scholarly resources, but are appropriate supplementary materials to use in your assignments).
  • Do you need current information or is older material relevant? Sometimes you might need both, as you might have to give both the historic background and the current situation of a topic.
  • Do you need primary sources that give an original account of research, or secondary sources that are interpretations of someone else's work?

Find information on the internet

The internet has a lot of useful information, particularly from governments and organisations. Check who wrote the page you're on:

  • a government department (.gov or .govt)
  • organisation (.org)
  • an academic (.edu or .ac)


Try Google Scholar to find reliable journal articles, or the Advanced Search features of Google to restrict your search to results from reputable sources.

Contact us for help

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Education Subject Librarians

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