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Literature Searching: Step 2. Choosing the right tool

Follow our step-by-step guide to help you carry out a good literature search


There's nothing wrong with using Google or Google Scholar to GET STARTED!  But, at University, you must learn how to use the right tools and databases which will give you much better focussed search results.

Try some of the search databases relevant to your subject. You'll find better and more evidence-based information through various links on the library website.


LIBRARY SEARCH is the library's equivalent of Google!

From our homepage, simply click on Library Search from the pull down menu from Find Resources Button.

It searches for books, ebooks and journal articles simultaneously (with most of the results being available from University of Dundee).


Q: "Is there a quick way to find a journal article that you have all the details for?"

A: Of course! Go to e-journals a-z, then choose Look up Reference. Then fill in the details that you have. If we have it electronically then the article should be found.

Useful hints and tips

Look at the reference list at the end of journal articles and book chapters to find other useful references.

Then try and find them them to use in your piece of work. If you're lucky (and looking at the articles/books online) some may have a hypertext link which might open other articles for you.