Stage 2: Locate
Steps in this stage:
- Identify keywords from the assignment task and your brainstorm
- Use your keywords to search the library catalogue, databases and online search engines
- Use advanced search strategies
- Don’t just use the first book or website you find – keep searching!
Questions to ask:
Tools to help you complete this stage:
Sources of Information
When we are researching, information falls into one of three categories: primary sources, secondary sources and tertiary sources. Read more about these different types of sources here, and see this list to see some examples. Your research task will determine the type of information you will need.
Use the drop-down menus below to help you decide where you will find the information you need.
Identifying and Creating Keywords
Plan Your Search Strategy
Look under the ‘Resources’ heading on the right-hand side for more information and relevant links.
Choosing and Using Keywords
A short video describing how to create keywords to use when searching online
A simple guide outlining how to create keywords from your research topic.
Print and Digital Resources
Visit the Find Information page for a list of print and digital resources you can use to locate quality information.
Plan Possible Sources Lists the different types of sources you can use and where to find them.
Searching the Internet
Google should not be the only search engine used to locate information! Use some of the sites listed on our Searching the Internet page to dig deeper and learn how to conduct advanced searches to uncover even more info.
Check the Current Assignments page for links and resources that have been specifically selected for your assignments.