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TEP Guide: Search tools

This guide contains links to resources, services and information specific to students undertaking TEP studies.

Choosing a search tool

  • Use Library Search to find library books, eBooks, journal articles, databases, newspapers and audio-visual materials.

  • Use Subject Guides for links to databases and other sources of information relevant to your subject area.

  • Use Advanced Google or Google to find government reports and statistics from reliable agencies such as the Australian Bureau of Statistics. 

  • Use Google Scholar to find a broad range of scholarly literature. Note: Google Scholar does not vet the quality of journals it indexes. Also, not all information on Google Scholar is free.

Library Search

Duck Duck Go

Duck Duck Go is a search engine that does not collect or store any of your personal information, including your search history. Read more here.

Google Scholar

Google Scholar Search

Use Google Scholar to find a broad range of scholarly literature, including:

  • peer-reviewed journal articles and books
  • conference papers
  • theses and dissertations


A warning sign
Google Scholar does not filter out low-quality publications such as predatory journals. Predatory journals charge authors fees to publish without peer-reviewing or editing articles and therefore are of very low quality.

How to make sure it's a credible journal? 

1. Search for the journal title in Ulrich's Periodical Directory.

2. Look for an umpire jacket icon - this indicates a peer-reviewed journal. 

Link Google Scholar to CDU Library

You can link Google Scholar with Charles Darwin University Library, so when you search in Google Scholar you will be able to access full-text articles (if available) via CDU Library.

If you are off campus you will need to ensure your Google Scholar settings are linked to CDU Library.

To do this:

1. Go to Google Scholar and select Settings (click on the three horizontal bars at the top left of the screen).

2. Click on Library Links and in the search box enter: Charles Darwin University.

3. Tick the box next to Charles Darwin University.

4. Click on save.

Once you have applied these settings, a Fulltext@CDU link will appear to the right of some of your results, indicating that these articles are available via CDU Library. To access the article, right mouse click over the Fulltext@CDU link and choose the option to open in a new tab.

Google Advanced Search

Try a Google Advanced Search.  In Advanced mode, you can narrow your search by keywords in the title, domain or file type (e.g. a pdf document).

You can also access Advanced Search by clicking on Settings and choosing Advanced search.

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