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Assignment Essentials: Step 2: Identify Resources

What key resources should I use?

Identify Resources

During your time in University, you will refer to a variety of resources:

• Books
• Journal Articles
• Newspapers
• Theses
• Conference Proceedings
• Reports
• Patents & Standards
• Archives and Special Collections
• Websites (quality)

Identify Information Sources

 

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Types of resources

Types of Information sources from the University of Notre Dame

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Where to look

OneSearch searches across many of the library's resources including:

  •  books & ebooks,
  •  journals & ejournals,
  •  electronic sources
  •  newspaper articles
  •  dissertations & theses
  •  data sets
  •  & much more
OneSearch does not
    - Completely cover all the databases the library subscribes to.
    - Have the advanced features specific databases provide.

Library Catalogue searches UCC Library’s online listing that describes the books, periodicals, theses, collections, dvd’s etc. carried by UCC Library

Library Databases may be subject specific or multidisciplinary, allowing access to reliable quality, scholarly and peer reviewed articles, content includes:

  •  journal articles
  •  conferences
  •  reports
  •  review
  •  some books
  •  electronic sources
  •  & much more.

Finding Articles

Find journals and journal articles

Journals are collections of articles that are published on a regular basis to report current research within a discipline.

  • A journal is made up of a number of volumes
  • Each volume is made up of individual issues
  • Each issue of a journal is made up of journal articles
  • Journal articles report specific aspects of the research covered by a journal
  • Scholarly Databases are there to help you search across a wide range of articles on a particular topic

e.g. searching for ejournals by title in UCC Library

Why you need to use databases for research

Where do you go to find information for your projects, essays, assignments and reports? Where do you go to find authoritative, credible and current information?  Where do you go to find information that you can trust and which does not have to be tediously evaluated for authority, credibility and currency? Even better, where can you find information easily, quickly and it even gives you the citation already formatted for you for the particular referencing format required by your lecturers.  The answer is: library databases.

What is a library database?  A library database is an indexed collection of magazine, journal, newspaper articles, abstracts, and other information, which has been checked for accuracy and reliability by publishers and then licensed for distribution in online/electronic format.