Your module resource lists contain books and articles recommended by your lecturers. These are a great place to start your learning and to build on what you have understood in class.
You can find books, ebooks and articles on Library Search, searching most of our resources all in one go. We have a quick video guide (video 2.09) to making the most of Library Search. Many of our ebooks have tools to help you find information quickly, take notes and more.
Books and ebooks are a great place to start if you are new to a topic and want to know the basics. Textbooks, handbooks, companions and guides will give you an overview of key themes, concepts and names.
Academic journal articles are an essential source of current research, literature reviews and book reviews. Peer-reviewed articles are checked for accuracy, purpose and clarity by a panel of experts, meaning you are reading good quality information. As well as the journal articles on Library Search, we’ve listed specialist journal databases on our Subject Guides.
Search engines like Google will help you find publicly available information such as government documents, charities, businesses, blogs and journalism. There are many tips to help you search Google effectively.
Google Scholar searches publishers’ websites and repositories. Make sure you go to settings and create a library link to the University of Worcester. This means Google Scholar will link you to our full text subscriptions.
Use Google advanced search to help you find more find relevant items.
Our Subject Guides show the key databases for your studies. If your course needs access to market research, historic documents, legislation, case law or has a specialist resource, you’ll find it here.
For more resources and more advanced search techniques see our guide for researchers.
Getting good grades starts with understanding what the assignment question is asking you to do. Comprehending the instruction words in the question will help you to write the right type of assignment, with the right focus, as this glossary explains.
You will usually need books and journal articles to support what you are saying in your essay. Reading relevant sources can help back up your points and improve your grades.
What might students’ attitudes be? These concepts can make good keywords.
University students, attitudes, online learning
Some possible keywords
“university students”, undergraduates, “higher education”, HE
attitudes, perceptions, opinions
e-learning, elearning, “online learning”
What about elements group collaboration such as leadership or peer learning? These can also make good keywords.
Outdoor learning, group collaboration
Some possible keywords
“outdoor learning”, “forest school”, “outdoor education”
“group collaboration”, teamwork, cooperation, “peer group” “group interaction”
Once you have your keywords, look for information in Library Search. You can combine your keywords (video 6:53) using AND, OR and NOT.
Too many results?
Too few results?
Keep a record of your search so you know your keywords, where you've looked, and what you've found. As you search, you will find new keywords, authors and themes you may want to investigate further. Recording these can help keep you on topic. Remembering your research focus and knowing when to stop searching is important.
To keep track: