Research: finding information

  • Your essential source of helping for getting help in finding resources for your research is the library here at Brookes. It is easy to assume that finding materials is just commonsense but spend some time navigating your way through this teach yourself how to use the library resource and you are likely to make some really worthwhile discoveries that will enable you to make the best possible use of the library collection.

    Below you will find numerous Brookes library links but before you dive in, it may be worth spending a few minutes thinking about the different types of sources that are available to you and how they might be useful. 


    • Know your sources

      (University of Manchester, UK) takes you through the thinking you need to do in selecting the sources that are right for you and your research. It offers clear explanations about popular v scholarly sources, understanding primary, secondary and tertiary sources, and timeliness – when and how the date of publication matters.
    • What are academic sources?

      (University of Northampton, UK) is a short video giving a clear, basic explanation of ‘academic’ or ‘scholarly’ sources at university level work.


    Brookes library can help:




    Searching databases

    • See Brookes library guide 

    • The 3-minute guide to subject headings

      (University of Leeds, UK): fast forward this video to skip the first minute. From here is a useful demonstration and tips on thinking of alternative subject headings and keywords to use in database searching.
    • Keyword searches

      See how search terms work together. George Boole, way back in the 1800s came up with this model ('the Boolean machine') - still useful in doing effective keyword searches. Move the cursor over the boxes on the left and see how it works - and then try using it in your own searches.