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Information Pathfinders

Good research involves collecting data from many different sources. This Information Pathfinder will direct you to a variety of
information sources on your topic. Some topics will only have information available in one or two formats whereas, others will have many. As always you need to be critical of the sources you use, looking for authority, objectivity, accuracy, relevancy and currrency. Check out the Evaluating Sources Libguide


Finding Keywords

Create a list of keywords as you begin your research. These words and phrases can be used to find valid and appropriate information about your topic.


Where to start...

If you do not know much about your topic ENCYCOPEDIAS are a good place to start as they provide a reliable source of facts.

The Gale Virtual Refenece Library (GVRL)  has several online encyclopedias on a variety of subject areas and  Wikipedia can be a good starting point as well. Just check the references at the end of the article.



Use Oliver to find books on your topic. If you do not find anything on your specific topic, broaden your search by typing in just the word 'disease' and you might find information about your specific condition in the contents page at the front of the book or the index at the back of the book. You could also shelf browse at:  



Journals & Magazines

The Journals and Current Issues Collection is kept on the shelves facing the Circulation Desk in the Library

In this area you will also find a series called Issues in Society that cover a broad range of topics.  These publications will come up in an Oliver search however you can also browse the titles online.

You can access published articles on your topic  from  ANZRC - This database contains a large range of Australian and international newspapers and magazines. Just go to EBSCO Host and log in.

The library subcsribes to Current Environmental Issues  and Current Social Issues which consists of published articles in Australian Newspapers on a variety of environmenalso tal issues.   Each folder has an index however you can search the index online.



Library Catalogue

Use Oliver to find resources in the library. You can only serach Oliver at school.

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See the Library staff for the  passwords or email 



See Library staff for the password or email

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