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Welcome to the "Know Your Sources: Searching for Information" Workshop Guide

Using University of Suffolk databases and resources


Workshop Aims and Outcomes


Attendees at the workshop will be able to access information efficiently and effectively.  Understand the different types of information available to them and the characteristics of each.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the session students will:

  • Be able to give examples of the services and support offered by Learning Services

  • Understand the nature and characteristics of different types of material, including:
    Books, Journals (scholarly) and popular trade journals, Newspapers, Webpage

  • Know how the first point of access for University of Suffolk Libraries on the MyUniversity of Suffolk page

  • Be able to search for a book in Discovery

  • Be able to search for a journal article in Discovery, understand how filters can be applied to limit and refine searches

  • Be able to access the article once in the database, print, email or download

  • Clarify any problems, issues identified during the session

Outline of session

The session will include the following

  • In small groups match different characteristics to the type of material that you think it belongs to

  • Participants are given a title to search for from their reading list asked to find out the class number and how many copies there are by linking through to the record in Discovery

Academic Literacies Mapping

This workshop is mapped to the following employability and skills frameworks:

Information Literacies: B.1, B.3, B.4, B.5, B.6, B.8, B.9, B.10

Graduate Headstart: 1.1, 2.1, 2.2, 5.1, 5.2, 5.3, 6.1, 7.1 


More information about the frameworks that we use can be found here

Workshops Details

Level: Workshop
Length: 1 hour
Prerequisites: Access to computer, login for MyUniversity of Suffolk, access to Discovery.  University of Suffolk username and password
Linked Modules: None
Delivery Method: Face-to-face

Online courses and tutorials

You may find the following online courses and tutorials useful. 

Knowing where to look (Short tutorial)

If you are a health or nursing student then we have specialist information on literature searching for you.   Find it here.