Choose information that matches your topic
Selecting the best search tools will help you find the best information.
Google is popular; but for your assignments, you are expected to use Summon and subscription databases, which are more suitable for academic research.
Activity: compare your search results
Search in Summon and Google using topic keywords from your assignment:
Note some of the differences, and type two of your reflections below:
What did you find? Here are some differences we found between Summon and Google:
|Able to access the full text of scholarly articles and ebooks using UOW username and password||Full text items available, but often asks for payment for journal articles and ebooks|
|Has useful academic results for assignments, but concentrates on written content||Able to access images and good background information (remember to consider copyright!)|
|Results found are easier to refine to scholarly or peer reviewed||Found useful results, but not easy to identify if scholarly or peer reviewed|
|Options for refining search (for example content type, subject area, date.)||Results screen is clear and simple to navigate but it is not easy to refine your search|
|Summon links through to textbooks and recommended Readings||The quickest way to find information to get started|
|Easy to see date of publication of article or book||Sometimes hard to verify when web page was created or written|
Techniques to improve your search results
- Use the subject terms in the search results as clues to find more information
Try searching with these terms to improve your search as they group related terms together. They may be terms you haven't thought of, or that are used by experts in the field.
- Skim through the introduction or abstract to look for other words or phrases used.
Reading abstracts and introductions is a quick way of helping you decide the relevance and helpfulness of an article or book.
- Try using library databases for more specific information.
Look at your Subject LibGuide for suggestions of the better databases to search for information in your subject area.
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