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Library DIY

Which items are relevant to my topic

When searching, you will often end up with results that do not help answer your research question or provide evidence.

  • Instead of reading articles or book chapters that will not be useful for your assignment, look for clues in the citation and abstract.
  • The citation contains useful information such as the article title, journal title (or book title), publication date, and subjects, which provide valuable clues about whether or not this is a good match for your research.
  • In many databases and the library catalog, you can click on the title of the article or book to read the abstract or a short summary. This abstract will give you a clear idea of whether or not the article or book is relevant.