Who is this guide aimed at?
This guide is aimed those of you who are new to literature searching or who need a refresher.
What is a literature search?
A literature search is a thorough and methodical search of all types of literature in order to find quality references to evidence your work.
Why should you carry out a literature search?
Searching the literature is an essential part of your assignment or project as it will enable you to see what other work has already been published on your topic. It can be useful in the following ways:
When you have been given your assignment topic, or if you are considering a topic for a research project, work through the search steps on the following pages.
The Library uses the Dewey Decimal Classification system which groups all books according to subject using a 'classmark' made up of numbers; these numbers are usually followed by the first three letters of the author's surname.
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