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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


Google Web Search

There's nothing wrong with using Google or Google Scholar to GET STARTED!  Use these search tips to get better results.

But, at University, you must learn how to use the right 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  (with most of the results being available from University of Dundee). 

Using Library Search

Watch this video for help using Library Search


Useful hints and tips

1. Look at the reference list at the end of journal articles and book 

chapters to find other useful references.

Then try and find relevant ones 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.

2. In many databases, you get the option cited by. This means that you can follow a particular cited reference or cited author forward in time to more current articles which have also cited that author or research. The higher the number of cited by sometimes indicates the quality of the research too.

3. Another option is related reading. Have a look at the related reading suggestions that sometimes appears on search pages. These might give you other papers or ideas for your assignments.