Access the University's print and online collections.
1. Analyse your topic, identify key terms as well as synonyms
2. Conduct your Search using your keyword/s in the Library Search tool to find books, articles, journals and book chapters on your topic.
The Library purchases eBooks, most of which are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week via Library Search.
Click on the link to the eBook from the Library search results list. You may 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 Library Search 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 record, search for articles within the journal using your keywords or phrases; or browse the online volumes, issues and articles.
Ask your lecturer/supervisor to advise you of the key journals in your discipline, search for a title in Library Search and select Material Type Journals.
The library provides you with access to a range of online dictionaries and encyclopedias. Many of them appear in the resource called Oxford Reference Online. When using Library Search to find a dictionary or encyclopedia use the keywords dictionaries or encyclopedias as one of your search terms.
For example: linguistics dictionaries (choose the Material Type Books)
Alternatively, use the links to the pre-prepared searches below:
Terminology used in education is varied, always consider synonyms, narrower, broader and related terms as well as variant spelling. Encyclopedias, dictionaries (see box on left) 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..