Search tools

Finding the search tool that matches the type of information you want to use and that works in a way that fits in with your own research approach can save you a lot of time as you carry out the work for your assignments. Here are some of those on offer.

Library catalogue

If you want to do a quick search for books, journal articles, newspaper articles and more, the library catalogue will bring you results from across the library collections, print and online.

Subject specific search tool

The library subscribes to a number of specialist tools (sometimes called databases) which will do national and international searches for research on the topic of your choice, so you will also find what is held at other libraries.  This is where you will find lots of journal article information and the subject-specific nature of the tools means you can use the language associated with those areas and not worry about whether the terms mean something else in another (the term 'primary' is a key example - it links to lots of different things in different subjects). Choose your subject area from the dropdown menu when you reach the list of tools.

Search tools for particular types of information

Sometimes you know you need a particular television programme, or a newspaper article.  Many search tools will allow you to search for those specific things, e.g. Box of Broadcasts for television programmes.

Google Scholar

Google has a version that will search for academic research. This is a very familiar set-up that will help you find academic resources.  Remember though that the majority of books and journals are paid-for services and ILS has paid for you to be able to access those in our collection. To ensure that you can get in to our books and journals without payment requests, choose 'York St John' in Settings -> Library Links.

This TED talk explains some of the reasons why it is important to use different sources and search tools.  If we stick to our usual sources, we are in danger of missing alternative views and evidence. 

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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.‌

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