As you can see from the home page, the resources are arranged under twelve broad headings. Checking out the contents of each heading will give you an overall view of what is available. For instance , if you click on Pure Sciences,
you will discover that currently the topics available are:
The Planets, Motion, Fundamentals of Chemistry, Volcanoes, Earthquakes, Weather and Climate, and Genetic Engineering.
If you choose Earthquakes, you will not find a long list of sites on earthquakes; you will find a carefully organised set of sections dealing with seismic activity in various regions, plus a General section to cover any gaps. There are also sections on
plate tectonics, tsunamis and the measurement of earthquake magnitude and intensity.
You will then be able to focus on the aspect in which you are particularly interested. There is no longer any need to bother with the frustration of sorting through the plethora of material delivered by the average search engine. The best material is right here
at your fingertips – in context.
The other way to find material on your chosen topic is to use the search engine. This is no ordinary search engine!– Again, you will not be delivered a random order of sites to sift through. Under every link, you
will notice a pathway, telling you under which topic and section the link is located in the database. You can then either browse through the entire list, or choose the context which best suits your needs.
Single word search
If you type the keyword France into the Search line, a long list of sites appears. By looking at the pathway under the link title, you can see that there are sites on France in the topic called The French Revolution, and also in the topic called French Language and Culture. Depending on the context of your studies, you will choose the history site or the
language/culture site to locate the most suitable resources.
Two word or phrase search
When you use the search engine you do not need to use quotation marks to locate a two word title or a phrase. If you type in French Revolution, it will bring all the sites with those words adjacent in the title in both
the history and in the language/culture site, together with the specific sections they are located in. If your particular interest in the French Revolution is the Storming of the Bastille, you will be able to go directly to that section and find all the
relevant sites on that aspect, regardless of whether they have French Revolution in their title or not.
Search using AND
You can search for links by joining two words with AND. If you type in Australia AND war, you will be given a list of sites which have both those words in the title. By checking
the pathways, you will notice that some of the sites come from the topic called Australia at War, while others come from the Modern History topic, Japan. You will be able to select the most relevant site by understanding the context in which it is located.
All the best with your research. We trust that you find using Library Webs a most helpful experience.