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Researching and Referencing: Locating Information

This guide provides support to staff and students on research skills, referencing, study and writing skills and digital literacy

Plan Your Search

Plan your search (identify key concepts/words, think of alternative terms or synonyms, how much information do I need? - short report or a large assignment)


Definitions? Try a dictionary a thesaurus or an encyclopaedia available via the library catalogue or our online reference tools.

Overview of a topic? Try a book (use the table of contents or the index) - search the library catalogue for dictionaries or access the A-Z Database list.

Current information? Search using academic search engines, or journal, newspaper and media databases.

Statistics? Try the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) website.

Personal experiences? Try interviewing classmates, teachers, parents, neighbours etc.

Need more? Access all resources available at Libraries via the A-Z databases list.

Make sure you understand the assignment question -  check the task word glossary below for a comprehensive list of task words.

Australian Bureau of Statistics

Suggested eVideos

Access Clickview videos via our collection. Use your Institute's link and login using your TAFE NSW username and password. 

Finding Information - Search the Library Catalogue

  • Search the catalogue for books, DVDs, eBooks, eVideos and other items
  • Access holdings of all TAFE libraries in NSW
  • You can limit your search to your library holdings only
  • Inter-library loans are available for books not held at at your library
  • Make reservations for books that are out on loan. You can place up to two items on hold.

Find library resources for your course

Choose your library:  
Enter your search term(s):  
Limit to eResources:  
Limit search to:   My library All TAFE NSW Libraries
Then click on