information needs

Web search strategies in plain English

Video resource which describes (in an easy to understand way) how search engines work and how to find specific information quickly and efficiently.

Information skills for researchers

An information literacy skills website for postgraduate researchers (i.e. students completing their masters thesis, MPhil, EdD or PhD qualifications). This website offers a framework for: auditing your current skills; developing new skills and improving existing skills; and planning future information literacy skills development.

Google Guide

An online interactive tutorial and reference for experienced users, novices, and others.

Free Full PDF

Database of over 80 million scientific publications in PDF format.

Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations (NDLTD)

A collaborative effort of the NDLTD, OCLC, VTLS, and Scirus, the NDLTD Union Catalog contains more than one million records of electronic theses and dissertations. For students and researchers, the Union Catalog makes individual collections of NDLTD member institutions and consortia appear as one seamless digital library of ETDs.

libsearch

A federated search engine harvesting 146 digital libraries and institutional repositories.

BASE (Bielefeld Academic Search Engine)

BASE is an open access repository service of the Bielefeld University Library that provides more than 36 million documents from more than 2,200 sources. It offers access to the full texts of about 75% of the indexed documents.

Institutional repository search

A Mimas project which was commissioned by JISC in partnership with UKOLN and SHERPA. The project was completed in July 2009, but the service has been running continuously since then.

The project has taken cross-search and aggregation to the next level, creating a visionary platform that pulls together disparate content, making it easier to search and discover in ways that meet personal or contextual needs.

WorldCat

Cross-repository search facility containing research on a wide range of topics. Includes its own collection and many other libraries worldwide.

Google Scholar

Cross-repository search engine that contains scholarly literature, including journal articles and reports. Not all resources are available in full text.