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Research Process: A Step-By-Step Guide: Step 2: Finding Information

Where does Information come from: the Information Cycle?

The Information Cycle is the progression of media coverage of a particular newsworthy event.

Understanding how the information cycle works will help you to know what kinds of information may be available on your topic as you locate and evaluate research sources.

Click here to see a short film give an informative look at the timeline of information and how this can affect your ability to find scholarly sources.

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Getting Books & Articles Not Held by the Library

Depending on what you are looking for you may find that our Library does not have a title that you need or information about a topic that you are seeking information on. 

Lots of information and topics are covered in material published as printed articles and books. These can be found using indexes and library catalogues such as COPAC below.  

The Inter Library Loans service enables us to borrow items from other collections and make it available to you. More details are given below, including ordering information

Finally it is generally possible to visit other Libraries and to consult their print collections on site. Many Libraries require a Letter of Introduction. Please inquire at the Library & Information Desk about this.

Where to Start Looking for Information?

 You could already have a lot of information on the topic.

This comes from:

The Library selects and makes available books and articles of appropriate academic standard.  We've organised this information so that books and ebooks can be found using our Library Catalogue, and everything else can be found using our MultiSearch tool.  Google Scholar is also a really useful source of free information so we include a link to it here





Google Scholar Search

Searching tips

The library subscribes to databases that have been professionally evaluated and selected by librarians for their authoritative and reliable content. The video below gives you tips on how plan your search strategy.

Video courtesy of Ray Howard Library
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