When looking for information - take the time to think carefully about the following:
- Most importantly - Do you have a CLEAR and focussed research question? Very difficult to effectively search without one...
- Are you clear about the scope of the task? How much information is required? e.g. Produce a 1000 word report? Give a 5 minute presentation? Conduct a systematic review?
- What type of data or information will you need to find to complete the task? e.g. Broad? Specific? Statistics? Reviews? Visual? Specific level of evidence? Combination? etc
- What kind of resources will provide the required data or information? e.g. Books (broad scope, foundation knowledge, definitions); Journal articles (narrow scope, specific, current)
- How do you identify useful resources? Use the Library catalogue to identify which books, journals and audiovisual resources are in the collection. Use Databases to identify relevant journal articles.
Identifying what type of article
Information on the following links will help you to identify types of articles.