Reference material such as dictionaries, handbooks, encyclopedias and directories provide a starting point for your research. They contain introductory information, topic overviews, definitions, statistics and data. Search the Library search box
to locate electronic and print reference material. Electronic reference items are also listed under e-resources: e-resources by subject
. They are available in the General Reference section and within the subject areas listed.
Books are a valuable information source. They can provide both broad and in-depth discussion of a topic, historical information, theories and facts. By searching the Library search box
you can locate electronic and hardcopy books on your topic, research methodology and how to write up your research. Search using keywords and use the call numbers and hyperlinks to find other relevant material. You can refine your search in many ways including format, date, author, subject and geographic region.
For assistance with searching the catalogue please access Successful Searching
, the Library's self paced online tutorial.
Union catalogues are useful for discovering books and other resources not held by the UWS Library. Two useful union catalogues are:
- Libraries Australia is a resource sharing service coordinated by the National Library of Australia for Australian libraries and their users.
- WorldCat which lists over 1 billion items in more than 10,000 libraries worldwide.