Welcome to Search Success!
Get started with the basics
Referencing, reading lists, using the Library to find a book… Get started here with a useful overview of all this and more.
Different types of information
Find out which types of information are used in academic study (including subject-specific types).
The right search tool can save you precious time. Take five minutes now to find the right search tool for the job.
You've found a good resource – now what? Discover how to evaluate which information is best for your assignment.
Searching – hints & tips
Uncover hints and tips to better target your searches, and get useful results more quickly.
Assignments – hints & tips
Find tips you can put into practice straight away to better plan your assignment – and relieve some of the stress.
ILE Search Success is here to support skills that you'll use long after your time here with us at York St John University has come to an end.
Many of us have used Google and other search engines countless times. Sadly, the trustworthy, reliable and useful information we really need, both at University and throughout life, can't always be found this way alone.
This is where ILE Search Success comes in. Make the most of the useful hints, tips, and examples curated here to equip yourself with the know-how to reach the level of evaluation demanded by University-level study.
Can Search Success help with my studies?
Absolutely. ILE Search Success will help you to develop effective search and study methods. What's more, there's strong evidence to suggest that better grades are achieved by students who put these methods into practice.
Search Success is based on SMILE by Imperial College, Loughborough University and the University of Worcester, modified by Information Learning & Estates at York St John University. It is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.