Find library resources

Kia ora. This guide shows you how to find and manage information for your assignments or research using the Library.

Find information on a topic

Introduction

Develop a search strategy to keep focused and save time with your research. To find the most relevant information sources quickly select the most appropriate search tools, develop precise search keywords, and use search tool functions to limit your results. You may need to develop a separate search strategy for each sub-question of your assignment, project or research topic.

Selecting search tools

Find the most relevant information sources quickly by selecting appropriate search tools for your topic.

Internet search engines, like Google, search across all topics and will include some irrelevant results for your research. The Te Waharoa library search, and other multi-discipline library databases, search across all topics but you can limit search results to only those in your subject area. Avoid irrelevant results by using subject-specific search tools, like the specialist library databases identified on your subject guide.

Search by keywords

Discover how to search with your keywords using Te Waharoa as the example search tool.

Test your understanding
Interactive video tutorial version of Using Te Waharoa - Basic Search.

 

Improve your search skills with hints and tips for Te Waharoa Advanced Search.

Test your understanding
Interactive video tutorial version of Using Te Waharoa - Advanced Search.

 

Try searching for information on your topic with your keywords using the Te Waharoa library search.

Become an expert researcher. Apply the same search techniques you use in Te Waharoa to other search tools. Explore the help instructions and search tips within each search tool to understand any important differences.