Have a look at our How To... page for our three-part tutorial on getting started with your research. The Starting Your Research tutorial is tailored to your School/Department.
You will also find guidance on searching Library databases, provided by some of our database providers.
Reference works such as dictionaries, encyclopedias, companions, etc. are a great place to start learn about a new topic, e.g. by providing helpful summaries and useful bibliographies.
Databases are large, searchable collections of academic materials (journal articles, ebooks, newspapers, videos, etc). Some journal databases provide access to full-text articles, whilst others provide abstract or citation information about journal articles that we may or may not have full-text access to. The content of most databases are linked to 'Search Everything' on UR Library Search, or for more precise and relevant search you can choose to search the individual databases.
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