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Internet research for assignments

This guide discusses when it is appropriate to use the internet for an assignment or research, and provides some tips for making the most out of your internet searches.

Search tips

Combining keywords

Most databases and catalogues let you combine keywords when searching. This will help you get better results. Watch the Prezi below to find out how.

Search shortcuts

Refine your search strategies by using the shortcuts in the table below. These suggestions can save you time from repeating searches or help you to obtain results that you could have potentially missed.

Use " " to search for an exact phrase "undergraduate students"
Use the ? symbol to replace a single letter
organi?ation will search for organisation and organization
Use the * symbol for variations of a word
assess* will search for assessment, assessing, assessable


Check the help section in the database you're searching to see if these features are enabled.