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Information Literacy

How to find and use information effectively

Gathering

Gathering is all about accessing and bringing together the different resources you need.

Think about what types of information you might need to use.  Will you mostly use books/ebooks, journals and websites, or might you need to use other formats such as maps, reports, images or videos?  How will you access the resources you need: mostly from home, or might you need to spend some time in the Library?

Remember that all of the Library's physical resources but only some of the Library's online resources can be searched via WorldCat.  That's where A-Z Databases comes in.  A-Z Databases allows you to access and search every library database separately, including those not searchable by WorldCat.  (For more about WorldCat check out our All About WorldCat site.)

Images

Need an image to use in an assignment? We recommend the Library database Britannica ImageQuest, a fantastic database of millions of rights-cleared images for use in education.  Each image is accompanied with information about who to credit.

Our second choice would be the Creative Commons search engine CC Search, but be sure to read the disclaimer on the homepage and be aware that that there are seven different Creative Commons licences to choose from, so if you find an image you want to use be sure to double-check which licence applies. 

Never heard of Creative Commons? It's a really useful thing to know about. This 3-minute video explains the basics, with more information available here.

Reading lists

Each module you study at BGU is likely to have its own reading list.  A reading list is a list of resources, compiled by your lecturers, that you are directed to use and refer to during the module.  Click on the document below for more guidance about reading lists, including how they are normally presented.

The Library's classification systems

Not sure how books are arranged on the library shelves?  Read this one-page basic guide to classification.