Finding and evaluating information
The resources on this page will help you to search for, evaluate, manage and keep up to date with information for use in your academic work.
It is essential to understand what you are being asked to do before you start searching for information.
- Skills@Library Interpreting the task
Detailed advice and activities to help you interpret assignment titles and understand what you are being asked to do.
Using appropriate and relevant information sources will help to strengthen the quality of your work.
Your reading lists are a good starting point for finding good quality, relevant information:
Searching beyond your reading lists
- Using the Library Catalogue (tutorial)
This tutorial will show you the basics of how to use the Library Catalogue, including searching for books and journals, and how to manage your Library record
- Using the Search@Library Catalogue (tutorial)
This tutorial will show you the basics of how to use the new Search@Library Catalogue, including searching for books and journals, and how to manage your Library record
- Finding journal articles (tutorial)
- Web searching (tutorial)
These two tutorials will introduce you to finding online academic information
- Finding information for your assignment: Search tips and techniques (tutorial)
This short tutorial introduces you to basic searching techniques which you can adapt and apply when searching in different resources such as Search@Library, Library databases, Google Scholar, etc
- Introduction to literature searching in Dentistry, Healthcare, Medicine, Psychology.
If you are studying in the Faculty of Medicine and Health you will find these guides helpful (choose your school).
As your course progresses you will be expected to find and use a wide variety of sources and to research more independently. This will be especially important for your final-year project or dissertation or when you undertake master's-level study.
Finding information for your subject
Your Library Subject support page is the main place to find the most relevant sources of information in your subject, including the key journal databases. It is important to search these databases to get the most up-to-date journal articles and research in your area.
Choose your subject from the list below and then select "Subject resources".
Advanced searching tips
- Keyword search: improving your results (PDF)
- Citation searching
Find out who has referenced articles you are interested in.
The Advanced Health literature searching guide is helpful to students in the Faculty of Medicine and Health.
Our Special Collections contain historic, rare and archival material and can be especially useful for accessing primary sources of information for your dissertation. The collections cover wide-ranging subjects across hundreds of thousands of irreplaceable manuscripts and archives and nearly 200,000 rare books.
See the Special Collections site for more information.
It is essential to be able to think critically and judge what information is relevant and appropriate for your purpose.
- Skills@Library Critical thinking
As well as evaluating whether information is appropriate and relevant, you need to be able to analyse more deeply the information that you read. Our Critical thinking topic contains detailed information, advice and activities to develop your critical thinking and reading skills.
Storing your references
- Skills@Library EndNote: guides, online tutorials, workshops
EndNote not only helps you to store and manage your references, it also works with Microsoft Word to automatically insert citations and create your bibliography or reference list
- Skills@Library Referencing tools
Information about other reference management tools.
- What? Why? How? of social bookmarking
A brief overview of using social bookmarking in your studies
- Social bookmarking in plain English (video)
- An example of how an academic uses social bookmarking with his students (video).
Keeping up to date with new information in your research or study area can be time-consuming. Using alerting services and RSS can make this a more efficient process.