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Effective searching

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There has been a dramatic increase in the amount of research and information available over the last few years. Technological developments in publishing and libraries have contributed to the range of resources and tools available to access information. Undertaking a literature search for a thesis requires an extensive use of a range of resources, both print and electronic. In order to find relevant research without drowning in the flood of information, it is important to develop:

  • effective search strategies
  • an understanding of the types of information available
  • the skills to use the various research tools
  • an appreciation of how to access this information
  • the strategies to evaluate the literature

The objective of the Effective searching module of MyResearch is to assist postgraduate students to develop effective research strategies and skills and to introduce you to the electronic and print resources available at the Charles Darwin University Library.

However, due to the complexity and variety of resources available it is inevitable that you will need assistance in your quest for relevant research. It is therefore important to meet and develop a relationship with your Liaison Librarian. "A good librarian can make all the difference to a search for relevant information" (Hart, 2001).

Contact your Liaison Librarian for assistance.

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