2University of Southampton | Making the case. Anacademicguidetoresearch
You will spend a lot of time gathering information for use in essays and dissertations, and finding
relevant books, journal articles, websites, newspapers to read or DVDs to watch can help enhance
the grades you get. The challenge is to find material that is relevant to your topic and academically
reliable without searching through material that has nothing to do with your topic. Developing an
effective search strategy is essential to make good use of your time and locate what you need.
This academic skills guide will help you to develop skills to aid your search for material relevant to
your topic. It will enable you to translate your essay title or topic into key search terms, develop your
knowledge of search techniques and an evaluative approach to your findings.
1 Information literacy 3
2 Where to start gathering information 3
2.1 Library catalogues 3
2.2 Databases 4
2.3 Internet search engines 4