By the end of this section, you should be able to:
There are multiple different search tools available to you for your research. Having so many options, it can be overwhelming and difficult to decide which one to use. Here are a couple of steps that you can go through to help you pick an appropriate search tool for your research needs.
Not all search tools cover all subject areas or contain all types of sources. Identifying these can help you to find the most appropriate search tool for your specific research context.
Below we have outlined the key search tools for undergraduate studies in the sciences, engineering, and heath sciences.
Find articles, books, videos and more
There are many different databases you can use to locate journal articles and other documents. Some are subject-specific whereas others are multidisciplinary science and engineering databases.
Below, you will find two key databases for science and engineering that are great to use for writing your report or even getting started in your searching.
Additionally, if you are in the health sciences, PubMed is the key database that you will want to use for writing your report or getting started with your searching.
The library has created a series of short search tutorials taking you through:
For your report, you may want to search some subject specific databases. Start by identifying the broad subject area of your topic and then consult the appropriate discipline specific research guide.