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Skills at Library Essentials

Guides to search skills and using library research resources

Further reading

Below is a selection of useful resources you can access through the library to read more and help improve your skills. 

Expert Internet Searching

Now fully revised for its fifth edition, this book covers the basics of search before going into detail on how to run advanced and complex searches using a variety of different search engines. This edition has been updated to include current trends in search, such as social media search, fake news, and discussion of the authority and validity of search results.

Doing Essays and Assignments

Have you ever been stunned by a low grade, when you were expecting an A or B? Are you struggling to make the jump from a second to a first? Doing Essays and Assignments gives you an insider's view on what tutors and professors really want when they assign essays and projects, and reveals how you can raise your game and achieve the best grades.

Cite Them Right Online

This is the leading guide to referencing and avoiding plagiarism, covering everything from understanding plagiarism and identifying sources to setting out quotations and creating a reference list. Comprehensive and accessible, it provides readers with detailed examples of print and electronic sources, business, government, technical and legal publications, works of art, images and much more. Packed with practical tips and example sources in both citations and reference lists, it makes referencing manageable and easy to follow for everyone.

Finding reliable information online: adventures of an information sleuth

Finding Reliable Information Online: Adventures of an Information Sleuth uses stories or "information adventures" to illustrate the best approaches to searching for information and to help us develop our aptitude for locating high quality resources in a rapidly changing digital environment that is becoming proficient at monopolizing our attention with useless or unreliable information. This book is about taking charge of the search process and not handing over the reins to search engines like Google, Bing, or Yahoo to dictate what information we consume.

The Literature Review

From daunting to doable in six steps. The process of literature search and composing a formal literature review can be intimidating, but masters and doctoral candidates in Education and related fields have found academic argumentation to be seamlessly intuitive with the six-step process pioneered by this book. This updated third edition features a wealth of all-new content.

SAGE Research Methods

Another useful resource is SAGE Research Methods

Sage Research Methods is intended to help researchers and students with research methodology. SRM contains content from over SAGE books (including the entire "Little green book" and "Little blue book" series), dictionaries, encyclopedias and handbooks, journal articles, videos, and some case studies. Researchers can explore methods concepts to help them design research projects, understand particular methods or identify a new method, conduct their research and write up their findings.

Find out even more with the SAGE Research Methods LibGuide.