This module provides guidance and links to enable you to find a range of different kinds of information for your research. Specifically, it covers how to Identify Information Sources and Find Full Text (the complete text of an article).
You will find a quiz at the end of the Module to test your understanding.
For information on choosing and searching databases, please refer to Module Two: Use Databases.
Use the following table to:
The Library home page is your starting point.
From the homepage you can search the catalogue for books or search in databases.
To locate relevant articles, we recommend to search within library databases rather than use the library catalogue.
Click the link to Databases on the Library Homepage.
Alternatively, we have a list of recommended databases on the subject guide page.
Watch the video below for a demonstration (no sound).
Note that there are two basic types of database:
You will find books and ebooks using the University of Tasmania Library catalogue located on the library homepage (no sound).
Instructions on how to use the library catalogue are below.
When starting a literature review, you may like to view existing literature reviews to:
A review article may provide a helpful shortcut when starting your literature review. Usually, review articles identify literature in a field or on a topic to a certain date, analyse the value and contribution of each article to the field and specifies key articles.
You can find existing literature reviews and review articles in:
This video shows you how to search for literature reviews and review articles in Annual Reviews.
This video demonstrates how to limit your search results to review articles in a more general database.
Looking at theses can help you:
The Theses subject guide contains links to access UTAS theses, theses from other Australian universities and international theses. Many are available through Open Access (OA) repositories. You may be able to use Document Delivery to access a thesis that is not available via OA.
The video below demonstrates searching for UTAS theses in the library catalogue.
The cultural collections held by the University of Tasmania represent a major academic resource for the University, Tasmania and Australia.
Listen to the ABC Radio Hobart, Breakfast with Ryk Goddard interview with Caine Chennatt, Associate Director, Collections at the University of Tasmania.
The Special & Rare Collections manages and provides access to the cultural and historical records of the University as well as private papers and records from individuals; families; local businesses; community, charitable and cultural organisations; and The Royal Society of Tasmania Collection. It consists of special and rare books and early manuscripts; journals; maps; university records of a non-business nature; and private materials including diaries, letters, photographs, paintings and other collectable ephemera.
The table below provides information on finding the complete text of books, articles and other information types. It shows:
Internet browser plug-ins (also known as add-ons or extensions) can help you to find the best available full text pdf of an academic article. It searches UTAS subscriptions and open databases.
Libkey Nomad provides instant links to full text content for article subscribed to by our library - or open access alternatives - as you do research on the web and come across literature.
Using Chrome, go to the LibKey Nomad link above or directly to your extensions page to install. Follow the prompts.
After installation, LibKey Nomad prompts you to select your subscribing institution. After that, it simply automatically scans for scholarly content wherever you may roam.
EndNote Click, formally known as Kopernio, saves you time by putting PDF Download links onto many search result pages and publisher websites. It helps you save papers to your reference management software or to Dropbox. It works in Chrome, Firefox or Opera web browsers.
You can install using Chrome, for example, by going to the EndNote Click website and select “Add to Chrome for free”.
Whichever browser you use, you have to create an account and indicate that you are a UTAS student.
Once you’ve set it up, you can see the purple EndNote Click icon in your browser.
When you get search results, you see EndNote Click working to find a PDF and then the PDF page/s, if available. You can direct EndNote Click to export references and the saved PDFs to EndNote.
Unpaywall is another browser extension that can try to locate full-text PDF articles to match your search results. It shows an open padlock on the RHS of the window if a PDF is found.
NB the colour of the padlock varies based on the type of access, but as long as it's "unlocked" access to a PDF should be possible.
The Google Scholar Button adds a browser button for easy access to Google Scholar from any web page. Click the Scholar button to: Find full text on the web or in the University of Tasmania library. Select the title of the paper on the page you're reading, and click the Scholar button to find it.
You can setup Google Scholar with a link to UTAS Library, so it improves your chances of finding fulltext.
Add UTAS Library links to your Google Scholar settings, as follows:
Here is how to find something through Document Delivery.
We recommend you access the journal, or the database, through the Library homepage – this prompts you to authenticate as a UTAS student (or staff member) via your UTAS email username and password and lets publishers know you're entitled to this access.
Contact Library.Resources@utas.edu.au if you're having trouble accessing a journal or database you've used previously. The Library Resources team may be able to identify and resolve any issues.
Tip: If you wish to re-take the quiz, please clear your browsing data beforehand.