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Library Guides

Science Honours

Library and information resources to kick-start your research career

Getting Started

Library services and resources will be essential in your Honours year and your research career. This page introduces the Library and its many and varied services.

Use the other tabs on this Guide to see information on specific topic areas

Many more relevant resources can be found in our full discipline  Science Guides.

Library information sources

Most important Library information can be found on the Library webpage.

Most specific and targeted information is put into Library Guides.

The most useful Guides for Honours students will be found under the headings:

  • How to: Guides to various topics such as  Finding information, Using DISCOVER...
  • Research: Important guides for researchers such as Endnote, Document Delivery, Data Management,  Metrics...and more.
  • Science: Information sources for specific subject areas.

What if USC Library does not have an article or book that I need?

We can obtain almost any book or article that we do no have immediate access to in our collection.
Document Delivery is our Inter Library loans service. Honours students and other researchers have free access to this service.

 

Find library resources

Books, journal articles, videos. The search links below are examples of how you might search the USC Library's DISCOVER tool to find them. You can change the search terms and use the filters at the left to modify or refine your results.

Self-paced library tutorials

Explore our interactive tutorials to develop and test your research skills.

Search strategy

After you have analysed your topic and found learned new terminology from some text books, it is time to think about your search strategy to find journal articles. There are several tools you can use to make your search more efficient. Visit the Search effectively guide or watch the video Online Research: Tips for effective search strategies. In summary:

  • place OR between alternative keywords for a single topic
  • place AND between the different topics
  • use truncation * to find alternative endings to words
  • use "phrase searching" to find exact phrases

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