4 Searching for information [Recommended duration: 3 hours]
Section 4 introduces the basic principles of searching and then applies these in a practical way to searching library catalogues, bibliographic databases and the World Wide Web.
This section introduces you to the concept of translating your search statement into the language of databases. You will be learning the basic principles of searching, which apply to the tools you have been introduced to in Section 3 – databases, library catalogues and the World Wide Web. You will be given the opportunity to practice these techniques, before being introduced to the specific databases in your subject area.
This section is practical and you may need up to three hours to complete all the activities provided. Some activities will require you to use paper and pen to record your thoughts, others will require you to practise search techniques in real databases and catalogues.
Note: some of the databases and catalogues require a password in order for you to access them. It is possible that your own university, college or organisation may be able to provide you with a password, so you will need to contact them direct for assistance.