Your lectures may provide you with a reading list to help get you started or provide essential and recommended readings. Electronic reading lists can be found on your moodle site in the top left corner - this will include links to the Library catalogue for books or direct links to journal articles. If there is a particular chapter that all students need to read or there is a journal article not supplied by the Library then there may be a digitalised copy available.
Online content will be marked by a blue online resource button.
Remember to always check your reading list if you can't find the resource on Primo.
The easiest way to find a book is to search on Primo. Type in the author's name, title of the book or search by keywords. Limiting your search to books, journal titles etc from the drop down menu will help narrow down your results.
Make a note of the class number so you can find the book on the shelf.
You may also wish to browse the shelves but remember that not all books will be in the same location as some will be relevant to other subjects too.
As well as print books the Library also has access to a number of titles as ebooks. Ebooks will have the same content as print books but are available to read online in your browser. You can search for ebooks via Primo (limit to full text online and books to just view ebooks) however this will only pick up books that have the search term within the title. To search within the ebook for your terms go directly to their websites.
Whilst ebooks are designed to be read online you can save/download sections (within copyright guidelines) and occasionally you will be able to download books for a limited period. You can also create an account to highlight and save books to an online bookshelf.
If you want to search all scholarly information the best place to search is a database. Databases include books, journal and magazine articles and conference proceedings. Whilst you can search on Primo this can bring back thousands of results (not all of them relevant). Instead consider searching a subject specific database.
To search for relevant articles simply type in your keywords (see constructing your search tutorial for help choosing these).
To narrow down your results further you may want to search within specific journals.
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Market Reports provide an in depth picture of a specific market sector or industry and key companies. These can be used to provide statistical evidence on key trends or opportunities and can help back up and give weight to arguments you are using in your assignments.
Looking beyond University these are a fantastic resource to help you research potential employers.
Newspapers are great for up to date topical opinions on events.
It is important to remember that newspapers are written for profit so will use attention grabbing headlines.
Often papers have a political affiliation and this may bias their interpretation of events.
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There is a wealth of information available on the web and some of this may be useful for your assignments. You can search for websites using a search engine such as Google or Bing however often this can overwhelm you with results. To improve your results think about the using the advanced search settings - you can specify words to include/ exclude and limit by type of website.
Statistics can be very useful at providing evidence to back up your arguments. Graphs can also be a useful visual representation of data to show trends. Remember that you will need to reference these the same as you would with any other type of information.
You may wish to use images and other media in your assignments - these will be especially useful for visual assignments such as presentations or designing posters, websites etc. When using media you need to aware of any copyright restrictions - sometimes you will need to give attribution to the artist/photographer other times you may not be able to use it at all.
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