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RSC Learning and Resource Centre: Research Skills


Library Catalogue

Log in to your student portal to access the school Library catalogue

EBSCO Databases

For login details see the home page of the Library catalogue.

Britannica Online

For login details see the home page of the Library catalogue


Writing a Literature Review

State Library of NSW - SLNSW

The State Library of New South Wales, like all NSW public libraries, is free to join. You can register for a SLNSW library card online . Your new library card can be collected from the Library in Macquarie Street or posted to you. SLNSW is a reference library, and, as one of its services provides access to a comprehensive list of online databases and eresources to members.

Join Ryde Library

To join Ryde Library begin your application online. Membership of the library is free and will give you access to the full range of the library's online resources including the online research databases.

There is no minimum age for joining, but if you are under 16 years you will require a signature and identification from your parent or guardian.

Beware the online filter bubble

Why not just google?

  • Always begin any research task using only information you have found from resources you know will be RELIABLE and ACCURATE. This is NOT always true of information you find by doing a general search on the internet.
  • Where can you go to find reliable, accurate information to base your research on?
  • The best place to start is the school catalogue, public and university library catalogues and online resources.
  • Remember to always ask for the teacher librarian’s help if you need it.
  • Remember not to assume information from a general internet search or Wikipedia is reliable or accurate.
  • Make sure you use multiple sources of information for any research task.

Evaluating websites

So you've collected information for your research task from the recommended library resources and have built a good understanding of the topic you are exploring. Now you would like to explore the information freely available on the internet using a popular search engine. How can you evaluate the websites you find through these searches?


Lesson 9: Evaluating Purpose

5Ws of website evaluation

Reliable research: State Library of Victoria

What is Trove?

Searching the Internet: National Library of Austraia

5Ws of website evaluation


How to get the most out of Google

Alternatives to Google