Which tool is most suited to find research or scholarly materials?
Google, Google Scholar, OneSearch, or Library Databases?
- Search for EVERYTHING online, both scholarly and non-scholarly
- Usually too many results and it takes time to select
- Scholarly version of Google
- Not all works are peer-reviewed
- Also too many results and it takes time to select
- One-stop platform to search for almost all library resources (library catalogue + library subscribed databases)
- Most resources obtained in OneSearch are scholarly works
- Resources from specific online databases (such as newspapers, images) cannot be retrieved from OneSearch. You need to go to those individual databases
- When you conduct a search, you will eventually be directed to the library catalogue (for print materials) or a specific database (for e-resources)
- The specificity of keywords you choose will affect the accuracy of the results returned. The more specific your keywords are in a field, the lesser number of results returned. Our advise is to play around with a few keywords and evaluate the relevancy of the results returned first.
- Subject-specific databases are specialized in materials on a particular subject, which saves your time from filtering out the contents that are not relevant to your subject (chick here to see list of databases by subject)
- Information in these subject-specific databases has been curated by subject professionals