Finding books and journals
When studying at university, one of the most essential skills you need to develop is the ability to find suitable and reliable sources of information. The Brynmor Jones Library subscribes to a wide range of resources across all subjects and these can be found via Library search. There are also specialist subject databases to help you find appropriate information sources within your own specific area of study or research.
To make the most of your subject databases, you need to develop your search skills. University-level study requires a strategic approach to searching the academic literature. Google – even Google Scholar is not enough!
This site links you to discipline-specific databases; it helps you develop a search strategy, access resources from anywhere and decide whether those resources are suitable for your assignment.
Related books and eBooks from our collection
Critical Thinking [book & eBook] byISBN: 9781107359697Publication Date: 2013-07-12Has chapters on "Judging the credibility of sources skilfully" and "How to get reliable information from the internet".
Digital Detectives [eBook] by Digital Detectives: Solving Information Dilemmas in an Online World helps students become independent and confident digital detectives, giving them the tools and tactics they need to critically scrutinize web-based digital information to ascertain its authenticity, veracity, and authority, and to use the information in a discerning way to successfully complete academic tasks. Enabling students to select and use information appropriately empowers them to function at a higher level of digital information fluency, acting as discerning consumers of, and effective contributors to, web-based information. Offers a situated, problem-solving approach to deepen students' analytical and research skills Explores a practical, real-life dilemma that is typically experienced by undergraduates in the course of their academic work, especially those transitioning from secondary to third-level education Focuses on the authentic educational needs of undergraduates as expressed by educators, but also students themselves Addresses a specific central dilemma which is identified at the outset, but also uses the opportunity to reveal to students the broader contextual issues which frame the problem they are exploringISBN: 9780081001318Publication Date: 2016-05-05
Finding Official British Information [book] by Examining the different bodies that publish official material, this book describes the types of material published, how it is made available and how it is recorded. Finding Official British Information focuses on the digital availability of official information and considers how much is now freely available on the web and how to locate it as well as addressing issues of web only publishing. It covers public bodies in the UK and includes publications issued by central and local government as well as the devolved assemblies and the many other organisations that issue official publications.ISBN: 9781843343929Publication Date: 2011-12-20
A Guide to Finding Quality Information on the Internet [book] by This book addresses the growing problem of how to sort the quality sites from the mass of junk available. Uniquely, it suggests a system of criteria and guidelines, developed through empirical research, for selecting and evaluating high-quality information resources. It also advises on devising checklists and rating schemes for numerically evaluating the quality of information. This edition updates the user on the latest developments in Internet-based search tools for locating quality information including: search engines subject catalogues and directories rating and reviewing services subject-based gateway services virtual libraries. Information and guidance about the new Resource Discovery Network, the potential role and usefulness of metadata in locating quality information, and using web 'citations' for retrieving quality material have also been added to this edition. Step-by-step examples have been included on how to evaluate particular types of resources available via the Internet.ISBN: 1856043797Publication Date: 2001-01-01
Searching Skills Toolkit [eBook] by Searching Skills Toolkit is an expert guide to help you find the clinical evidence you need more easily and effectively. Clearly presented with useful tips and advice, flow charts, diagrams and real-life clinical scenarios, it shows the best methods for finding quality evidence. From deciding where to start, to building a search strategy, refining results and critical appraisal, it is a step-by-step guide to the process of finding healthcare evidence, and is designed for use by all health and social care professionals. This second edition has been expanded with new chapters on searching for sources to support evidence-based management decision making and how to better enable your patients to make informed choices. It has also been fully updated to include new web sources, open source reference management software, and new training resources and exercises. Searching Skills Toolkit is an ideal reference for doctors, nurses, allied health professionals, managers and decision makers, researchers and students.ISBN: 9781118463123Publication Date: 2013-11-07
Only Connect ... [book] by Librarians, learning support and academic staff could benefit from knowing more about the pathways that learners take through academic information: how they perceive, model and negotiate the information environment. With a richer understanding of our learners' individual journeys, we can make our interventions more relevant and more timely; we can structure our courses to allow pathfinding to develop; and we can help our learners to navigate reflectively through the sea of information. We present a range of information discovery journeys, from reflections upon formal search processes to a library fairy story. This book represents the richness of information discovery.ISBN: 9780957665217Publication Date: 2013-08-01