Finding information

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Finding information by keyword

The key to this kind of searching is using great keywords and knowing the features of the search engine.

  1. Type some keywords that describe your topic into the search bar, then click 'Search'.
  2. Use the limiting tools to limit your results by:
    1. publication date
    2. source type (eg. journal article, book, news, etc.)
    3. and more…

Finding a known journal or journal article

If you have a specific reference, or citation, to a journal article, you can search for it 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.

Understanding a Harvard journal article reference or citation

Griffiths, R & Casswell, S 2010 , 'Intoxigenic digital spaces? Youth, social networking sites and alcohol marketing', Drug & Alcohol Review , vol. 29, no. 5, pp. 525-530.

Understanding an Oxford journal article reference or citation

Check out this video for information on breaking down an Oxford styled reference.

Search using the article title

  1. Once you've identified the article title, enter it into the Library Search box and click 'Search'.
  2. The link to the article will display in the search results.
    As with this example, the article we searched for is available through a number of databases. Select any of the links to access the full text.Article results view screenshot

You can save copies of journal articles to your computer by selecting the 'Save As' or 'Export' options. You can also link to, or bookmark an article.

If the article doesn't appear in Library Search, you could still find it by searching for the journal title.

Search using the journal title

  1. Once you've identified the journal title, key it into the Library Search box and click 'Search'. 
    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: Limit by keyword or title screenshot
  2. Then limit your search result to the Library catalogue:
    Limit to catalogue only option screenshot
  3. Select the database that includes the date of the article (in this case, you will need to select one that covers all of 2010) Journal coverage screenshot
  4. Use the information from the breakdown of the citation to find the article.
    • First locate the year of publication
    • then the volume number (you may need to look under 'all issues', 'previous issues', 'archives' or similar)

Note: For journals that are held in print, check the campus location, call number and available issue dates before going to the shelf.

Finding a known book or book chapter

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.

Understanding a Harvard book or book chapter reference/citation

Torres, J 2013, 'Label us angry', in Andersen, ML & PH Collins (eds), Race, class and gender: an anthology , 8th edn, Wadsworth Cengage Learning, Belmont, California, pp. 34-36.


Once you've identified the book title, key it into the search box, and click 'Search'.

TIP: If it's a common title, add the author's surname to your search (eg. Macroeconomics Gordon).

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.  See 'Finding books on the shelf' or 'Viewing e-books' for how to access the book.

If your title isn't listed in the results, your next step is to search our partner libraries using Bonus+.

Finding unit material

You can access texts, reading lists, study guides and selected past exams by:

  • searching your unit code in the Library Search box on the Library website homepage or in DeakinSync;
  • asking DeakinGenie (prescribed texts only) if you've downloaded the app to your mobile device;
  • going directly to your Reading List;  and
  • viewing your unit resources list in your unit site on CloudDeakin.

Finding information on the Web

There is a lot of information of the internet, however you can't trust everything you read.

When using an internet search engine:

  • Use specialist search engines such as Google Scholar
  • Use domains to limit your search to material on specific websites for example:
    • for Educational websites
    • for Australian government sites
    • for Australian organisation websites

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. See the evaluating information section of this guide for more information.

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.

Evaluating information

You've found resources, but how do you know whether they're reliable and accurate?  Here is a brief overview of how to evaluate and assess information.

Discover what to look for when evaluating online sources