Depending on the topic you are researching, you may want to use the Library Catalogue, Google Scholar or the internet for your research. Find out the best way to use each place in this video.
Navigating the Library Catalogue
The library catalogue gives you lots of information about the results of your searches, so that you can quickly decide which sources to open and read.
Click on the + symbols in the diagram below to explore features of the Library Catalogue. If you want to see the information more clearly, you can open a full-screen version.
Accessing Library Resources Off Campus
You have access to the majority of e-books and e-journals in the catalogue off campus. When you click to open a resource, you may be required to log in. Use your standard university username and password to access this material. If prompted, select Solent University as your institution.
Navigating Google Scholar
Google scholar is a powerful search engine for finding books and articles.
Click on the + symbol in the diagram below to explore features of Google Scholar. For a clearer display you can open a full-screen version.
Choosing Sources to Open and Read
When you perform a search, you will need to decide which results in the list might be relevant for your topic. The search below has been performed for the assignment brief "Evaluate the effectiveness of using cats as therapy animals". Click on the resources that you would open to investigate the topic. You can open a full-screen version of this activity.
Click on the image to see a full-screen version of this infographic on finding information.
As you search for information ask yourself the following questions:
Are you confident you are using the best place (internet, Library Catalogue etc.) to find the information you need?
Have you discovered new sources of subject-specific material since starting your course?
Have you explored the resources recommended in your subject guide?