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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.

How to...

Find a specific print book or eBook

Plan your search

Find a specific journal article

Find newspaper articles

Find information on a particular topic

Get more help with finding information

Get help with referencing

Library Search

Library Search can be used as a starting point for locating information for your assignments.  A variety of sources of information can be located quickly and easily.  This short video covers locating academic sources for your assignments


Databases are collections of different source types such as journal articles, ebooks, newspaper articles, reports and more! They are great resource to locate specific source type and allow you to carry out a very specific source, and refine your results. You have access to a large number of databases listed alphabetically here, or organised into subject area on your subject guide. Locate your subject guide here and explore the most relevant databases for you!

Academic sources

Your tutor will ask you to use academic sources for your assignments, which includes academic books and journal articles.

The following videos provide an overview of these types of academic sources.

The first video discusses academic sources and also the credibility and evaluation of online non-academic sources.

Google and Google Scholar

Google can be useful for locating certain types of information sources, that you may need to consult for your studies.  Google Scholar can return results, some of which will be academic sources.  However, neither should be relied upon to locate information for your assignments.  This short video explains the best use of Google and Google Scholar and the limitations of both.