Skip to main content
Subject Guides

Skills Guides

Sources of information

Searching for information online

The way we look for our keys is different to the way we look for a holiday. If we want to know what’s on television tonight, we might look in a different place to if we want to order a pizza. All of these tasks, and more, can now be performed online, and all require different approaches if we’re to be sure to get what we’re after. Teaching and Learning Advisor Alison Kaye does the searching:

Reading lists

For each module you take, you will find at least one reading list on the Yorkshare VLE. These lists link directly through to YorSearch, helping you to locate print copies, and giving you quick access to any electronic texts. Scanned extracts from library books are also linked where copyright permits.


Further reading recommendations may be provided in module guides, or during lectures or seminars. You can search YorSearch to find the item you need, using the author's name and/or title keywords.

Sources of information

Take a look at the links below to find out more about each:


The Library holds an awful lot of resources, both print and electronic. Find out more about how the Library catalogue, YorSearch, works, and how to get the most out of it:


Internet search engines are a great tool for finding information online. But with so much information out there, how can you make sure you're finding the best stuff?

Academic sources

The Library subscribes to a lot of academic resources that aren't available via Google. We take a look at the types of material available:

Data sources

How can you get hold of data and statistics? We look at the sources available:

Looking beyond your reading list...

Forthcoming training sessions

Forthcoming sessions on :

There's more training events at: