1.4 Differences between Google and Library research


Here is a seemingly obvious question: What is Google?

Click on the Oxford English Dictionary . Enter your unikey. Look up a definition of Google. Click the 2nd definition dated 1998.

Well-done. You have found a scholarly definition of Google via the library website.

Google is not your major gateway to the scholarly, peer-reviewed research required for academic study and learning.

The library website is your gateway to the scholarly, peer-reviewed research required for academic and scholarly study, research and learning.

Let’s define some library terminology used on the website:

CrossSearch is a google-type search engine on the library website which will help you find titles in our 11 physical libraries as well as full-text online content such as ebooks, eReadings and fulltext online journal articles.

The Library Catalogue is a definitive listing of everything we have purchased or to which we subscribe, whether in physical format or online. Here you can look for ebooks, books, journal titles, eReadings, dvds, music and so on.

Databases are huge bibliographies, lists or references of primary and secondary material, mostly journal articles but also interviews, poetry, videos, music, newspaper articles, legislation and so on, often fulltext online but not exclusively. We have hundreds of databases so a subject listing of databases will help you find journal articles in a subject if you do not have any references.

We’ll teach you how to use CrossSearch, the Catalogue and Databases and show you how to get the best scholarly material from Google.

Check other tutorials on scholarly versus non-scholarly research.


Quick check:

Look up “Australia and China at 40” edited by James Reilly and Jingdong Yuan in CrossSearch and the Catalogue. What are the locations of the book?