Getting more results
Getting fewer results
Critically appraising your sources is a crucial element of any literature search. You need to consider is your sources are:
Ask yourself the following questions about the information you have found.
What sort of information?
Most of our e-books can be found via iFind. Our e-books are available via three main websites: Proquest, dawsonera and EBSCO. These tabs will tell you a little bit more about the three main databases. To login, use your 6 digit student number as the username and your usual password. If you need any help accessing and using ebooks, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The ASK website will help you get organised for your assignment. Type in your assignment due date, and you will be given a timeline to help you.
EndNote is software which helps you to store your references and format them in Word. The online version is available from anywhere as long as you are a Swansea University student. You can also work through our EndNote online workbook (see attached file) to help you to get started. If you are a research postgrad it would be worth considering the software version of EndNote. You have to buy this for off campus use but it offers more options. There is information in the EndNote section below. You should also check out the Endnote Library Guide for further help and support.
Finding information on the internet is easy, but finding good quality and reliable information is trickier than you think. Take a look at our tips in this section on how to get the most out of searching online. Before you use any web resource in your assignment ask yourself “Is the web page as good as information you would find in a book or academic journal?”
Webpages can be set up by anyone, therefore before referencing a site check that the information is reliable and accurate.
Look for the clues in the URL
Are you struggling to find what you need on Google?
Here are some tips to improve your results!
Still not finding enough academic resources in Google?
Try using Google Scholar which only searches scholarly literature. You can link Google Scholar to Swansea University's subscriptions by following these instructions: