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Research skills tutorial

Your guide to success!

Step 4 - Find information

Congratulations, you are half way through this tutorial.  By now you have:

  • Defined your topic and identified alternative keywords (Step 1)
  • Created a search strategy (combining keywords with search boosters) (Step 2)
  • Selected appropriate sources of information (Step 3)

 

Now you need to use your search strategy with your selected sources to find the information you need.

 

Finding resources at USC Library

Many of the sources you need can be found via the library website.

The table below outlines where to look on the USC Library Website to find the specific sources.  Sometimes a source can be found in several places.

What do you want to find? DISCOVER Catalogue Journal Titles Databases Course
Reserve
Guides
A reading from your Course Readings Search the Library Catalogue Search the Library Catalogue Search Journals & Newspapers A-Z   Use the Course Reserve Search  
A reading from a Reference List or Bibliography Search the Library Catalogue Search the Library Catalogue Search Journals & Newspapers A-Z      
Books and eBooks Search the Library Catalogue Search the Library Catalogue        
A particular journal article Search the Library Catalogue   Search Journals & Newspapers A-Z      
A particular journal   Search the Library Catalogue Search Journals & Newspapers A-Z      
Journal articles on a topic Search the Library Catalogue     Search Articles in Databases    
Databases for your course       Search Articles in Databases   Look at your Course LibGuide
Online videos Search the Library Catalogue Search the Library Catalogue        
Help with finding information for your course           Look at your Course LibGuide

 

Reading List or List of References

You may have a list of readings or a Reference List with sources you want to find.  A reference should include the:

  • author/s
  • year or date of publication
  • title of the book or article
  • title of the journal or newspaper (this will be the second title)
  • volume number and issue number
  • page numbers
  • URL for a website
  • DOI for a journal article

 

Learn more about finding resources from a reading list

 

DISCOVER: find books, videos, journal articles and more

Discover lets you search the majority of the Library's collection in a single search.  Go to the Library website and select Login for Full Access.  Select USC Students and Staff and enter your username and password is prompted.  Type your keywords in the DISCOVER search box.  Remember to use your search strategy (combine keywords with Boolean operators, phrase searching and truncation).

Learn more about searching DISCOVER for books, videos, journal articles and more

 

Library Catalogue: find books, eBooks and videos

Go to the library website and select Login for full access. Select USC Students and Staff and enter your username and password is prompted.  Select the Catalogue tab and type your keywords.  This is an Advanced Search.

Select the field you want to search (Title, Author, Subject or Any).

Learn more about finding books, videos and other printed materials

 

Journal Titles: find Journals and journal articles from a reference

Go to the library website and select the Journal Titles button. Type the title of the journal (may appear in italics in a reference list) into the search field. 

N.B. Do not type the title of the article.

Select View Online and select the database that includes the appropriate year range.

N.B. Some databases don't include this year's articles.

Once in the database, select the specific volume and issue number for the article you need to find.

Learn more about using Journal Titles

 

Databases: find journal articles on a topic

Go to the library website and select the Databases button.  Then choose either:

  • Browse complete list of databases - see what databases are available with a brief description
  • Browse databases by subject - find subject specific databases
  • Browse databases by type - find format specific databases e.g. statistics or newspapers
  • Browse databases by title - find a database by name e.g. Proquest or Google Scholar

 

Learn more about finding journal articles in the library databases

 

Course Reserve Search: find course readings and text books

Go to the library website and select Login for Full Access.  Select USC Students and Staff and enter your username and password is prompted.  Select Course Reserve and type your course code into the search bar.

Use this search to find a reading from your Course Readings that you can't find in the Catalogue or in Journal Titles.

You can search by Course ID, Course Name, Instructor Name or Title.

 

Guides: find research tips and information about your course

Go to the library website and select the Subject help and research Guides button. You can choose from:

  • Subject Guides related to your course (e.g. Accounting, Biomedical Science, COR109, TPP101)
  • How to Guides to help with resources (e.g. I'm new to the library, I'm doing an assignment)
  • Research Guides for researchers and academics (e.g. Graduate Attributes, Student Engagement Program, Resources for Researchers)

 

See how Step 4 relates to Digital Literacy - linked to Apply Technology (Graduate Attribute)

        

 

Back to Step 3 - Information Sources See an example of Step 4 Go to Step 5 - Evaluate Information

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