A word or phrase that means exactly or nearly the same as another word or phrase in the same language, for example shut is a synonym of close.
BEFORE YOU START - MAKE A LIST OF SYNONYMS FOR THE KEYWORDS YOU NEED TO SEARCH
Hint - maintain a list of keywords that are not appropriate to search - keeping you from getting distracted
THERE ARE database LINKS on this LibGuide Search e-Resources
AND FOR SUPPORT FIND US
Where to start - reading an overview
YES YOU CAN USE IT AS AN INTRODUCTION TO A TOPIC.
You may only reference it as a source if the page has achieved a Quality Scale Rating of GA of above.
You find a Wikipedia's Page Quality Scale Rating under the "Talk" Tab.
Using a visual search engine - Carrot2
Carrot2 organises your search results into topics. With an instant overview of what's available, you will quickly find what you're looking for.
Use advanced Carrot2 search feature to refine your results;
for government only results place [site:.gov] after your keyword(s) search
for organisation only results place [site:.org] after your keyword(s) search
for education only results place [site:.edu] after your keyword(s) search
for country only results place [site:.au] after your keyword(s) search for Australian only results etc
Using Google Advanced and Google Scholar
Google can be very helpful but it is much more useful if you know how to use it effectively. Remember; information found on Google or Google Scholar has not always been curated for a database - when information is curated for a database it is fact checked by professionals and the information is considered reliable.
YOU NEED TO FACT CHECK INFORMATION FOUND ON GOOGLE OR GOOGLE SCHOLAR BEFORE YOU USE IT. A simple fact check sheet can be found here.
Some basic search tips:
- Use quotation marks when searching for a phrase e.g. "climate change"
- Use the I'm feeling lucky button to find the most popular website on a topic
Search website titles:
- e.g. allintitle:climate change
Search specific sites or domains:
- eg: site:edu (searches .edu sites only)
- eg: site:.gov (searches only government sites)
Search for specific document types:
- eg: filetype:pdf filetype:ppt filetype:xls
Find a definition:
- eg: define: nanotechnology
Advanced search option:
- You can combine many of the above commands and add date restrictions, if you start your search in the Advanced Search screen
You can apply the basic search tips (listed above) in Google Scholar.
Make sure the language option is English, don't allow Google to translate, otherwise the articles in other languages will make be part of your results but you will not be able to read them.
If an article you find is behind a paywall - DO NOT PAY. Try searching for the article in SLV.
If the article found is from Research Gate - contact Ms Morscheck, she has a Research Gate user account.
It's good to begin your research for the question by reading a range of resources including print such as books, newspaper articles or journal articles.... by using MHS databases EBSCO.
When using EBSCO, remember to select 'Advanced search' 'full text' and 'peer review' for the best search.
We have a huge array of current specialist journals in the front area of our library, covering Science, Psychology, Geography, Health and Sport.
Click here to access the replica of The Age Newspaper, including search options dating from 2006.
The MHS library has The Herald Sun and The Australian delivered daily and available for reading to all our community.
State Library of Victoria (SLV)
GOT YOUR MEMBERSHIP READY (if not go to the EI homepage and find out how to signup)
The SLV has a page dedicated to helping VCE students use their databases for research
A list of useful SLV resources and the SLV tutorial to use them