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Finding sources of information

Information to help you find books, articles and more to help you with your studies and research.

What is InfoSkills?

The Library’s InfoSkills programme offers online and face-to-face support to help you find academic and good quality sources of information for your assignments. The programme includes a variety of workshops, videos and online guides.

The InfoSkills programme follows a five step cycle:

Info Skills Logo1. Plan

Planning your search will make researching your topic more effective and save you time when locating relevant information for your assignments. Using your plan will keep you organised in terms of the resources you have used and the sources you have consulted. You can then identify different resources and use further sources if necessary. Keeping a record will prevent you duplicating searches and ensures you have the necessary information to cite and reference the sources you have used in your work.


2. Find

Finding good quality of sources of information is essential for your academic work. 

The Finding sources of information guide will help you locate different types of information sources for your assignments. You must ensure you are using a selection of academic sources in your work, ie. text books and academic journal articles, etc.

The most relevant resources and databases for your subject area are listed on your subject guide

Alternatively, locate the full list of databases where you will also find a link to a help video next to the database entry for many databases.


3. Evaluate

It is crucial that you evaluate the information you find to ensure you are using;

  • credible sources of information

  • information which is relevant to the assignment question

  • appropriate types of sources as evidence in your work.

The Evaluating information guide will help with the process of evaluating the sources you find for your assignments


4. Organise

Organising the information you use in your work includes recording source details and accurately citing and referencing those sources.

The Referencing guide, provides instruction on citing and referencing sources, including MMU Harvard referencing.  Also see the Endnote software guide for information on using this automated system for managing your references.


5. Communicate and Review

Communicating information refers to how you structure, write and develop your answer to the assignment question, using evidence from academic and good quality sources.

For guidance on writing essays and reports, you can attend academic study skills workshops, use the interactive resources in Skills Online or get advice from our Student Support Officers.

You should review the research process if you encounter gaps in the information you need to answer the assignment question.  After you have received feedback from your tutor, determine which areas of the research process you need to develop further for future assignments.