Analyse your topic, identify key terms as well as synonyms and search by keyword in the Library Catalogue for books on your topic; check subject headings (click on details) in the catalogue records for additional search term suggestions. Click on these subject headings in the catalogue record to find more books on the subject.
The Library purchases eBooks, most of which are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week via our Library Catalogue.
When you click on the link to the eBook from the Catalogue record you will be prompted to enter your Unikey login and password for access.
The Library also has books in print format. See below, useful call numbers to browse and clickable subject headings which are links to the Library Catalogue for Print and eBook titles.
Useful call numbers to browse
Many books on second language teaching and acquisition are located at the following call numbers, you can browse the catalogue or the shelves using these numbers. Both the Fisher and Curriculum collections include many books at the following call numbers.
Search the catalogue by subject - Some useful Subject Headings (links to the Library Catalogue)
Look for the Subject field in the catalogue records to find relevant Subject Headings; click on these to find additional books on the topic.
Find journals in Fisher Library that encompass research in special education using the following links to subject searches in the Library catalogue:
English language -- Study and teaching -- Foreign speakers -- Periodicals.
English language -- Study and teaching -- Australia -- Foreign speakers -- Periodicals.
Second language acquisition -- Periodicals.
See below a selection of key journal titles, clicking the title takes you straight to the library catalogue record, click on the link to the online volumes, issues and articles from the catalogue record. When in the online journal, you can also search keywords or key phrases in the search box provided.
Ask your lecturer/supervisor to advise you of the key journals in your discipline, use the search type Journal title (from the drop-down menu) in the catalogue to look up the journal.
The library has paid for access to a range of online dictionaries and encyclopedias. When searching the catalogue for a dictionary or encyclopedia use these keywords in your search and change the limit to (drop down menu) to eResources:
See also, use our online dictionaries database called Oxford Reference Online
Terminology used in education is varied, always consider synonyms, narrower, broader and related terms as well as variant spelling. Encyclopedias, dictionaries and thesauri define concepts and help clarify research terms or locate related terms. Most databases will include a thesaurus of subject terms.
Thesauri allow you to:
Databases are online collections of resources that you can search to find information. Some of the database cover a particular subject are and some cover a range of disciplines. Most library database require a Unikey login. Finding the most appropriate databases can involve scoping searches across a range of different systems.
Using Databases you can..
Use Library databases to search for journal articles, chapters from books and reports.
TIP: When searching databases think of synonyms, broader, narrower and related terms for the concepts you are searching. Use the features in the systems to refine your search (such as limiting by peer review or date) making the results more relevant.
BOOLEAN OPERATORS are used in database searching:
AND narrows your search, use AND to combine different concepts
OR broadens your search, use OR to combine synonyms or related terms
Do you need help searching databases?
Consult our Online Training Modules, look under Finding Information category where you will find the following modules and more..