1. Identify the key concepts.
Select the main concepts that make up your topic and omit common words like what, the, of, it have etc. For example, if your research question is: The effect of academic libraries on the digital literacy of research students. You can choose the words/ phrases "academic libraries", "digital literacy" and "research students" for example and use them to research your topic initially.
Coming up with synonyms for your main concepts gives you more options when searching for information. Synonyms are terms that mean the same or similar things. Use online dictionaries or encyclopedias for ideas and definitions.
An example for the research question above is given below but there are more terms that could be used.
3. Try out your keywords on different resources
Library Services staff have created Library Guides as your one stop introduction to library resources and services.
The guides are easy to use and highlight some key library resources for your assignments. They contain information, resources and links relevant to subjects, courses or general topics.
Go to the Library Guides webpage to see the list of guides available to you.
A database is a searchable online resource. Using the databases provided by the Library will help you find good quality information from reliable sources. A database may be dedicated to a single subject or cover several subjects. You can access many of our databases from CityLibrary Search or the Databases A-Z or see recommendations in our Library Guides.
You can find a variety of information, including:
You may wish to use journal articles from academic journals in your coursework. Articles tend to be more current as journals are published more frequently than books. The articles found in many scholarly journals go through a "peer-review" process. In other words, the articles are reviewed by academics and other experts so they should be of high quality. They may also contain original research, reports and/or reviews of current research and topic-specific information.
You can find articles by:
Library Services staff run workshops for different subjects and topics throughout the academic year, these include:
All the workshops are advertised on our library workshop calendar that is updated throughout the year. Check the list of upcoming events and book the session / date / time that works best for you
All City's academic, research and support departments have a Subject Librarian and a Research Librarian.The service is provided by an experienced team who offer specialised support and assistance to students and staff.
For students we: