Finding information: Conclusion

This section has focused on preparing, planning and doing your search, and has outlined the key stages you need to remember when you are looking for information. Develop your critical evaluation skills; they will be invaluable to you, and are a key thinking skill that employers are looking for.

You should now:

  1. be able to identify at least 2 academic search tools to find information
  2. be able to explain the difference between information found using a library catalogue, a database and a search engine
  3. be able to identify when to use a library catalogue, a database and a search engine
  4. be able to discuss the significance of evaluating the information you find in the context of your academic work, and your future employment
  5. be able to evaluate information you find using criteria including relevancy, reliability, authority, timeliness, accuracy, and point of view or bias
  6. be able to discuss the advantages and disadvantages of using search engines to find information
  7. know how to construct a search to find information using a library catalogue, a database and a search engine
  8. be able to explain when you would use basic (simple) and advanced search options
  9. be able to explain what Boolean search logic is and how it is applied in search tools
  10. know how to access information resources on and off campus, such as the Web of Knowledge, ScienceDirect or Medline
  11. be able to identify which search tool is most relevant for finding a textbook, a journal article, and a research report
  12. be able to explain and justify to your lecturers why you selected information used in your academic work, using evaluative criteria
  13. be able to explain how you used the information you selected to reach the conclusion, opinion or point of view presented in your work

The next section will look more closely at what to do with the information you have found.

Remember you can review any part of this second section whenever you want to.


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