The search tools researchers typically use are Google, Google Scholar, Summon, and a variety of specialized research databases (e.g. PsycINFO):
For a description of these search tools click on the following links:
To choose a search tool, ask yourself the following questions:
If you are looking for commercially published information such as journals, books, magazines and newspapers, you’ll find them via the Library's collection using tools like Google Scholar, Summon and our specialized research databases. If you are looking for government information, publications from organizations or associations, as well as non-commercially published information (grey literature), search the open Internet using Google or any other search engine.
Here are some questions to think about (or ask yourself) when trying to figure out which search tool or research database you might use to begin your research. As you can see, your choice of search tool will depend a lot on the type of information you need, and who is producing it, and where they make it available for searching.
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