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Important information and guidance

Although using OneSearch to search for journal articles is fast and easy, there may be times when you might prefer to use other eresources available through the Library. This could be because:

  • You are searching for articles on a very specific topic
  • OneSearch returns too many results for you to manage
  • A particular database is not included in a search using OneSearch


Searching individual collections

All of the eresources and collections covered by OneSearch can be searched individually. Some of these eresources are subject-specific and cover a particular field whereas others are multidisciplinary and contain journals from a wide range of subject areas. For a focused search, it can be helpful to use subject-specific eresources to reduce the number of irrelevant results.

The eresources A-Z lists all of the eresources subscribed to by the Library.

To find out which individual eresources are most suitable for your subject, have a look at your Subject Resources pages.


Collections not in OneSearch

The vast majority of eresources theLibrary subscribes to will be included in a search using OneSearch. However, there are a few specialist collections that OneSearch does not search but may be useful in your studies.

Check your Subject Resources for collections relevant to your course.


Google Scholar

Google Scholar is Google’s answer to the academic eresource. It will search academic journals, books and research output from universities but the major drawback is that it does not guarantee full-text access to journal articles.

Whilst we would generally advise you to use OneSearch to begin your search, sometimes there are advantages to using Google Scholar:

  • If there is not a lot of material published on your topic
  • If you want to see who has cited a particular article
  • If you want to find information from university websites, research repositories and other academic sources.

This tutorial explains how to get the best results from a Google Scholar search. (Created by Michael Baird, Cooperative Library Instruction Project (CLIP).)

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