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The purpose of this guide is to:

Help you learn some useful search techniques

Improve your search results

Confidently undertake research using Summon or databases


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Where should I search?

Summon is a search engine which you can access by using the search box on the library website. It searches across a variety of different holdings, including some of our key databases, our book stock in the library, and open access (free) articles.

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Databases are repositories of published material, usually (but not always) based around a broad subject area. Some databases contain full-text articles, others just contain the abstract (a record or overview) of the research, which you could search and try to obtain from elsewhere.


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