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This guide will assist you to learn more about the facilities of Deakin University Library and help with finding sources for your assignments.
It is important to understand your assignment topic and define the words that describe it. These are called keywords.
Often we suggest starting with general information and an overview of the topic from encyclopedias and books before exploring more detailed and specific information in journals and reports.
To help you understand your sources better, use these tutorials to:
You need to search effectively to find the best information for your assignment. Tutorials to assist you with this process are:
* Please note To view the Flash tutorials you must have Flash enabled. To view on Apple devices, a web browser app with Flash capabilities is required (e.g. Photon).
When searching for books there are two main approaches:
If you have a specific reference, or citation, to a book or book chapter, you can search for it on the Library website by using Library Search.
Once you’ve identified the book title, key it into the search box and click ‘Search’.
If the title is held by the Library, it will appear in the list of results (depending how common the title is, it might not appear as the first result). If your title isn’t listed in the results, see your options for finding the book under the borrowing material tab.
Once you have found the title and edition you require, check to see which campus(es) the title is available from, and if it is available as an e-book.
To access the item, read the sections on ‘Finding books on the shelf’ or ‘Viewing e-books’ below.
To search for books on a subject area or topic, type some keywords that describe your topic into the search bar, then click ‘Search’.
Once you have your results, use the options on the left side of the screen to limit your search to a particular format.
In this case we want books, so scroll down to the ‘Source types’ section, and select ‘Show More’.
Now tick the boxes for ‘Books’ and ‘eBooks’ and update your results.
Books are arranged on the shelves by call numbers which consist of the Dewey Classification Number (which is subject based) and then by the author’s last name and title.
The call number for this book is 303.385 And/Rca 2013
Before looking for the item on the shelf, first look at its status. If the item is listed as available, it will likely be on the shelf. You will need to note the complete call number, including letters and further numbers, to locate the exact item.
To open an e-book from a search result:
Some e-books allow you to print, copy or download, however these vary between providers - see our e-book help for more information.
For an introduction on finding resources using Library Search, complete the interactive tutorial Finding information resources using Library Search (Flash).
When searching for journals or articles there are two approaches:
If you have a specific reference, or citation, to a journal article, you can search for it on the Library website by using Library Search.
Library Search includes articles from most of the databases the Library subscribes to, so there is a good chance you will be able to find the article using this tool. (For information on what a database is, complete the Use databases effectively tutorial (Flash)).
If the article doesn’t appear in Library Search, you could still find it by searching for the journal title.
Tip! If the journal you want doesn’t come up in the first page of your search results, try changing your search from a ‘Keyword’ to a ‘Title’ search ... and Limit your search result to the Library catalogue
Find articles quickly using Library Search, a Google-like search engine that allows you to search across multiple databases simultaneously.
Enter your search terms into the search box on the Library website and click ‘Search’.
If you need to find Scholarly (peer reviewed) articles, select the Scholarly (peer reviewed) check box on the left hand side of the search results screen.
You can see the limits you have applied, listed at the top left of your results.
Click the ‘x’ next to the limit to repeat your search without that limit.
Many article results link directly to the PDF or full text of the article. If you’re only getting an abstract, look out for , which will suggest possible leads to the full text.
Searching a specific database is another way to find articles for your assignments. To help you begin your research Library Resource Guides contain a list of databases relevant to your subject area.
Check your Google Scholar settings to make sure you can access full text articles.
The Library subscribes to a number of newspaper databases, as well as a selection of local, national and international newspapers. These are available in a variety of formats - electronic, print, or microfilm and microfiche.
To find newspaper articles in Library Search type keywords into the search box on our homepage, then select Search.
Once you have your results, use the limits on the left of screen to limit your source types to ‘News’.
You could also use the ‘Content Provider’ facet to limit your results to just the newspaper-related databases, such as Newsbank and Newspaper Source Plus.
Searching within specialist news databases such as Newsbank is another way to find newspaper articles.
To find prescribed and recommended texts, eReadings and past exams through the library:
To find prescribed and recommended texts:
There are a number of free and subscribed resources available for finding Australian and international theses.
To find Deakin theses using Library Search, enter the title or keywords for the thesis into the search box, expand the ‘Options’ for searching and click the ‘Catalogue only’ tick box. Now click ‘Search’.
There is a lot of information of the internet, however you can’t trust everything you read.
When using a search engine:
How do you know if the information you find is reliable and accurate?
It’s always important to consider the quality of the information you use. It is especially important to critically evaluate web resources, as there is no quality control on the Internet. No single person or organisation has the task of verifying the authenticity and accuracy of sites. As a student, the responsibility for assessing the merit of information lies with you.
If you can’t find the answer to these questions, that may be reason enough not to use a particular website or resource.
If you do use a website for an assignment, make sure you record the URL and the date you visited it. This information is essential for referencing in your assignments.
It is important to reference your information sources for many reasons, including:
The Deakin guide to referencing offers breakdowns and examples for a number of different styles including Harvard, APA, and AGLC.
The Language and Learning Advisers are able to help with writing skills, referencing and more.
Deakin staff and students can borrow items from any of our four campus libraries.
If an item you would like to borrow is on loan or available at another campus, you can use the ‘Request it’ button to place a hold. An email will be sent to the email address on your Library record when the item is available to collect at your campus library.
If you are a cloud student you can have items delivered to your home or work address using the delivery service.
Note: Items in special-collections are not available for loan or request, and are marked in the catalogue as LIB USE ONLY.
If the book you are looking for appears in your results, however it is on loan or on hold, click the BONUS+ icon, located next to the ‘Request it’ button.
BONUS+ searches for the title in several other university library collections (Note: Not all university libraries participate in BONUS+. See our BONUS+ help page for more information.) This service is not available to overseas cloud students, non-award students or MIBT students.
If the book you are looking for does not appear in your search results, click the BONUS+ link available in the right hand menu on the search results screen.
If you’ve searched Deakin Library and BONUS+ and still can’t find the item, request the item through Interlibrary Loan (not available to MIBT or DUELI students). Unlike BONUS+, you can also use Interlibrary Loan to request journal articles, conference papers and theses.
Request a CAVAL borrowing card from the Library service desk and you can borrow in person from other Victorian academic libraries (not available to MIBT or DUELI students). For information on obtaining a CAVAL borrowing card, and a list of participating libraries, see our CAVAL help page.
Take a look at our Access and Borrow page for further information.
At Deakin University we have a number of support services available including:
Every school and faculty has designated Liaison Librarians located at each campus, who can help you with your research skills and techniques.
For a directory of key databases, books, journals and other resources, relevant to your area of study, check out Library Resource Guides.
For quick tutorials and videos on finding, using and sharing information, head over to Digital literacy tutorials.
Language and Learning Advisers are available for appointments or during designated drop in sessions and experienced in supporting student in a number of areas including referencing, assignment writing, time management, oral presentations and lots more.
Library staff at the Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus, the Geelong Waterfront Campus and the Warrnambool Campus can make an appointment for you at the service desk.
Some faculties also offer tailored support to their students. Information on these services is available via the following links:
Mentors are available on campus to provide personalised support in areas such as time management, achieving a study-life balance, and getting to know Deakin resources and services. For more information on this program, go to Students helping students.
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