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A library guide for geomatics students.

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About this guide:

The aim of this guide is to help geomatics students find information in the library and its electronic resources. 

It is not intended to be comprehensive, but rather a starting point for your research.

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Getting started:

Before you begin searching for information, you should thoroughly understand the topic you are researching.

Technical dictionaries will provide definitions of unfamiliar terms, while encyclopaedias give explanations and succinct overviews of topics. Engineering handbooks provide a wealth of basic information and specific data for the fields they cover.  In the Reference Books tab of this guide, you will find information about some of the reference materials available in the Main Library.

The Finding Books and Finding Journals tabs introduce you to ALEPH (the Libraries' online catalogue) and our e-Journal Portal respectively. These are the tools you need to find books and journals in the Libraries. The dropdown menus on these tabs take you to the slideshows: How to find a book and How to find a journal.

To find out how to search the world's engineering literature for journal articles, conference papers, and other documents, click on the Finding Journal Articles and Databases tabs. For more information about your most important databases, click on the Ei Compendex/Inspec tab.

Theses can provide detailed information, especially for postgraduate students. Find out more in the Theses tab.

For a list of writing and style guides, and information about citing the documents you use in your research, click on the Writing and Referencing tab.

The Off-Campus Access tab introduces EZProxy for accessing electronic resources from off campus, and the Internet tab provides links to some useful geomatics web sites, and also offers guidelines for evaluating information you find on the internet.


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Dianne Steele
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