Finding resources and building your research skills.
At West Suffolk College we want to you to enjoy your learning as much as possible. Our Video Series is designed to guide you along the way. We help you understand what books, eBooks and other digital resources, such as academic journals, newspapers and videos, are available to support your learning. You will also find tips on how to select the best, most reliable and valid academic evidence for your work, along with lots of support on how to reference.
Search everything using our Library+ discovery service.
Use a basic search strategy. Don't just type in your assignment title. Start with one or two key words, check how many results you get then use AND to add more key words. Use the filters or the advanced search to narrow down your results.
Click the link below:
For more details on how to search using Library+ there is a link to the EBSCO training video below
If you wish to use Google Scholar, Google have produced the following guidance
Referencing Support - making it easier for you.
Referencing can seem overwhelming and trying to remember the brackets and commas and what to include can be frustrating. So, it is important to understand why you need to reference.
For degree students it is essential you make it clear where your evidence, information and ideas come from and to make sure you cannot be accused of plagiarism.
Referencing your work correctly is also important for other reasons:
We have loads of supporting resources for you to help with referencing. Try our simple Referencing Game and learn what order to put the information in at your own pace.