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|
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