Finding information

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Finding information

Achieve@Uni
La Trobe University Library La Trobe Library

Achieve@Uni
La Trobe University Library La Trobe Library

Finding information

Achieve@Uni

Search tips

Search tips:

  • only enter your topic keywords into the search box
  • use quotes to search as a phrase e. g. "climate crisis" 
  • use the asterisk to extend a word e. g. child* = children, childhood
  • limit search results to make them more relevant:
    • by date
    • by format -  books, journal articles, newspapers or other options
    • by peer-reviewed or scholarly

This video shows some search operators in action. (Duration: 2:25)

You can also improve your searching by using three small words: AND, OR, NOT. This video shows you how. (Duration: 3:10)

Look for alternative words and synonyms

It is useful to think of alternative keywords to search for. This can make search results more interesting and personal to you. If a topic is about how technology affects the relationships of young people we can think of related words and phrases to search for: 

Technology Relationships Young people
mobile phones family teenagers
social media friendships adolescents
gaming identity students

Try it for yourself: in Library Search use different combinations of the keywords above and see how the results vary. Then try to think of alternative search terms for words you have searched for in your course.  

Still have questions? Talk to someone one-on-one in the Library