Locating and using information from a variety of sources is an important part of learning at university. Not only should you be aware of the differences between types of sources, you should have a good understanding about how to find information from the following:
Specialist webpages are available for each subject taught at University of Suffolk. The subject guides will help you find and use resources specific to your area of study.
University of Suffolk has access to numerous databases and thousands of journals, as well as full-text articles - most of which are in electronic format. Journals are published on a regular basis: normally weekly, monthly or quarterly and are subject-based with information written by experts.
Journal articles tend to fall in to 2 categories:
Databases and journals for your specific course will be listed in your Subject Guides
Although you will need to carefully evaluate the websites and internet resources you use in your academic practice, they are a valuable resource for information. You can find links to useful government, professional and organisational websites within your Subject Guide
Google and Google Scholar:
Google is a great tool to use for searching, however, even though it can provide you with millions of hits, most of them will be irrelevant to your topic. Also, Google indexes materials by popularity, not quality or relevance, so you are unlikely to find the best resources for your academic work this way.
Using Google Scholar will ensure that the results of your search will be academic materials, though you may not be able to access full text- make sure you check Summon to see if we have access to the resource through University of Suffolk.
Remember that not everything is listed on Google, so you may miss vital information if that is all you use.
Newspapers are an important and often untapped resource available to use in your academic work.
Browse our newspaper collection from the links below:
Video is a real-time sequential medium that allows for repeated viewing in which social activities, speech / language, gaze, gesture and body language can be examined.
In addition to a number of DVDs available for loan at the University of Suffolk library, we also provide a streaming video service through Box of Broadcasts
Many national and international academic institutions make their PhD theses available for researchers to access either digitally or through paper / fiche loans. References for PhD theses may be found through database searches.
UK theses are often made available through the British Library's EThOS service. this should be checked before any requests are made through the interlibrary loans service.
North American institutions often have their own online repositories which can be found and searched via their websites.
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