There are a variety of resources you can use to find information for your studies and assignments. A resource is a source of information or expertise and comes in many forms, like books, eBook, journals, websites, etc. Resources can be accessed in various ways like through Library Search, databases, Internet, etc.
Click the icons below or check out the drop-down menu to learn more about the different resource types!
|Books & eBooks
If you have been asked to find academic, credible or peer reviewed information Library Search is a great place to start.
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If you know the EXACT title of the resource, enclose it in quotation marks, e.g. "The road to social work and human service practice". Also, use quotation marks around an EXACT phrase e.g. "mental health".
If you are looking for books on a topic use keywords, e.g., "mental health" AND "social work".
Library Search is a simple way to search for information resources, including journal articles. But sometimes you will need to use the additional, discipline-specific features provided by specialist databases to find the information that you need for your assignments.
Click the image of CDU Library's A-Z Databases to check out the page
Subject-specific databases are ideal for searching the journal literature because they are tailored to a particular discipline, and therefore provide the ability to narrow your search in ways that wouldn't be possible in a general database or search tool like Library Search.
They vary from each other on subject area, coverage, content types, geographical location, etc - so consider which database/s will be most likely to contain the kind of information you're looking for.
Have a look at your Learnline and see if there is a Reading List attached to the unit. It should be available on the left-hand menu (BB Original) or within your unit content (BB Ultra)
Lecturers can use reading lists to organize and link resources and readings, to direct you to resources they think would be useful and relevant to your areas of study.
Google Scholar can be a handy tool to use to find additional information such as: scholarly literature, some of which can be found in the library collection and some freely available; conference papers or theses.
This tool will not search across the book and eBook collections at the library and may not give you full-text access to every journal article. You also cannot refine results by peer reviewed sources and may show articles that are published in predatory journals which have poor peer review and editing processes.
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If you send your citations to EndNote, under Bibliography Manager, select EndNote
Web Search Engines, like Google or DuckDuckGo can be used to find an overview of your topic, background information, keywords, similar terms or concepts, instructional videos and so much more, such as government and industry resources. Searching by keywords in Google will usually give a huge number of results.
Hints for searching in Google:
For more watch some videos on "Googling like a pro" or "search tips" in Google
Never cite or reference Wikipedia in an academic paper.
However, it can be a good place to start your search:
1. It's a good place to do background reading.
2. It can help you discover further keywords to use for searching.
3. You can find cited articles.
Watch this video to learn the pros and cons of using Wikipedia.