This tutorial will teach you how to use the library to find reliable, scholarly sources for use in your assignments. We'll cover:
Omni is what we call the library's main search engine - it's the best place to start out your research. You'll find the Library's collection of books and ebooks, our electronic journal collections, and other types of scholarly resources.
Learn how to use Omni with this tutorial
Also check out our Omni Search tips.
When researching or exploring a topic, you need to develop an effective search strategy to find the best books and articles.
The first step in creating a search strategy is to identify the main concepts for your topic or research question. It is also helpful to think of synonyms or related words for your main concepts.
This video will show you how to select the best keywords and experiment with related terms to develop a good search strategy.
Feeling stuck? Contact the Library or find more help on the Library's Research Help page.
How do you decide if the article you are reading is appropriate to include in your paper?
First, some terminology.
Periodical means something that is published repeatedly. A magazine that is published once a month is a periodical. Journals and newspapers are also periodicals. A book that is published once is not a periodical, it is a monograph.
When you search in Omni, you will see results from all sorts of publications: magazines, academic articles, theses, books, reports, and more!
Learn how to distinguish between scholarly and popular resources in the following video:
Even if you've used the Library for research in the past, things will be different this term since courses are online and the library is too. You can find up-to-date information on changes to Library resources and services at https://brocku.ca/library/use/library-resources-services-amid-covid-19/.