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Essential Library Information for Off Campus & Online Students: Search Google

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Library Search Findit@

Findit will search online journal articles, ebooks and all resources sitting on library shelves.

For more details on how to use library search look at the Findit@ library guide

Databases

A great place to search for articles on specialised topics.

If you hover your mouse over the name of the database it will tell you what subjects are covered.

See the full list of databases

Google Scholar

Google Scholar is a useful addition to library database searching. 

See the Monash University guide to searching with Google Scholar

Google Searching

There's more to googling than typing a few words into the search bar. For example you can limit your internet searches to specific sites of domains.

e.g  site:.gov.au

Google search help

Wikipedia 

Wikipedia is a bit like the internet overall. Sure, it will give you a basic start on research but that is all. It is not the be all and end all of information.

It is important to note that Wikipedia is not a reliable source for citations. This is because it can be edited by anyone at any time, any information it contains at a particular time could be vandalism, a work in progress, or just plain wrong. The information is not fact checked or peer reviewed ... Therefore, Wikipedia should not be considered a definitive source in and of itself.

Many teachers will not accept Wikipedia references in assignments as it is not considered a scholarly source. Always check with your teacher before including Wikipedia as a source for any of your assignments.

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