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Research Skills: Internet for research

Student guide

library v google

The library website is always the best place to start your research - whether you use Summon or go directly to a recommended database for your subject.

Very often your lecturer is expecting you to find relevant peer reviewed article.

Our library databases are a perfect starting point for this type of assignment.

There is an element of quality control knowing that these articles are paid for by the library.

They are also much easier to reference - you can see who the author is, what institution they belong to, the title of the journal and the date published.

Reading this type of material also helps you improve your academic writing. You might also can get ideas on how to layout your information.

The bibliography at the end is often a great source of further reading.  

A google search can provide you with additional information that can supplement your research but be careful to evaluate the websites you find. 

This website reminds you of the questions you should ask  -

PROMPT acronym stands for  

Presentation / Relevance / Objectivity / Method / Provenance / Timeliness 

Has your Google search provided you with sites where you can match any or all of these  of these criteria?

Free images





  • Google Creative Commons Images using the 'usage rights' filter at the bottom.
  • Flickr Creative Commons - images for which the owner has specified a Creative Commons licence
  • Wikimedia Commons - archive of free multimedia content submitted by Wikipedia users.
  • MorgueFile - probably the best single source of free photos.
  • JISC Media Hub - Free images from the Getty collection.
  • A collection of free photographs for private non-commercial use.
  • Image*After - large, free photo collection, with images free for any use.
  • The Creative Commons search allows you to search Google, Yahoo, Flickr and other sites for material that is licensed under the Creative Commons - which usually means you can use it without charge in a non-commercial context.