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Library welcome pack - Postgraduate students: Find information for your assignments

The library is here to assist you throughout the course of your studies.

Finding information for your assignments

Planning

Planning your search before you start will save you time, effort and help you find relevant information. Before you begin searching for information, consider:

  • the types of resources you need and how you can find them.  For example: Journal articles or Government reports
  • how you can breakdown your assignment topic into key concepts and source the most relevant resources

Getting started

Most information sources like journal articles and eBooks can be found and accessed online. The easiest way is through Library Search.

A picture of the Library Search box on the Library homepage

Make sure you sign in using your unikey and password so you can access all the resources available through Library Search.

For more help, go to the Library Search FAQs.

Journal articles

The main source type you will be using in your assignments are journal articles. For more information about what a peer reviewed journal is, check out this explanation of peer review. Explore our tips for searching journal databases.

Recommended readings

Your lecturer will recommend readings for you each week. Access your core readings for each unit of study via Canvas.

Evaluating information

Any information you find will need to be critically evaluated to ensure it is of quality and therefore, suitable for you to use in your assignments. Use the CRAP test below to help you evaluate your resource.