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Higher Degree Research Library Checklist: Discover Key Resources

Kick-start your research now. Identify your strengths, discover new tools and develop your information skills. You'll find it helpful to revisit the checklist at different points throughout your research.
This guide is intended for researchers undertaking a thesis e.g. Honours, PhD and Masters by Research.

Discovering key resources is essential to designing your research study

I can navigate the Library website to find the search tools and support I need.

I use a range of Library databases relevant to my area of research.
Our Discipline Guides list essential research databases.
I can search Library databases in multiple ways to find relevant resources for a topic.
Searching for information is a process and you won't always get it right the first time. Find ways to improve your results, change your search and try again until you are happy with what you have found.

Work through our interactive, self-paced tutorials for Web of Science and Scopus to refresh your searching skills.
I understand all the search steps I may need to do for my literature review.
Identify where to search for information, learn how to search more effectively, and discover tools to manage your results.

Our Literature Review guide will get you started.
I am familiar with specialist resources in my research area e.g. theses, news, statistics, standards, patents, archival.
Start by finding UOW Theses and other Theses worldwide. Also explore our Research Guides that point to a wide range of resources.
I can use the Trove database to locate books, journal titles and theses held in Australian libraries.
Trove is a discovery tool produced by the National Library of Australia and focused on Australia and Australians. It provides access to a significant range of resources such as books, pictures, maps, newspapers, music, people. See also Searching Guide.

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