The Library staff have put together an extensive list of online resources to provide you with shortcuts to good quality information.
Links to all of our databases are on this page, as well as links to other useful sites.
Click on the eResources link in the Library widget in MyGrammar to access all of these resources.
You can monitor new information posted on the internet by creating Google Alerts. These send you an email (daily or weekly) about the topic you have requested if any new content is published.
Use this to collect information in advance about assignments you know are coming up, but be specific with your search terms.
Try the SQ4R method of reading non-fiction textbooks in order to help you focus on and retain the information being presented.
We live in a world where too much information is bombarding us every day, however this information will help you to find the best resources to help you with your assignments!
How quickly is the internet growing?
Watch in real-time how much information is being uploaded/downloaded/sent/consumed per second on the internet!
It always helps to have a plan, and the more structure you have in your plan, the more successful you will be.
Here are some useful steps for completing your assignments:
|Define the question - What do I need to know?
Locate information - Use databases and quality sources.
Select information that is most relevant.
Organise your notes.
Present your information in an appealing way.
Assess/ Reflect/ Evaluate
Our Library has purchased subscriptions to a range of databases and ebooks to suit the topics you are studying in class. Find these on our eResources page. You can also use the Library Catalogue to find print books for your topic.
BGS Discovery - find a link on our eResources page.
Brisbane Grammar School invests a significant amount of money to help you access quality sources of information.
The best databases for Middle School are:
| Britannica Image Quest
| Links Plus
ANZ Reference Centre
What about Wikipedia? Can I use it for my assignments? Can I quote it in my assignments?
While Wikipedia is useful to gain an overview of a topic, you cannot guarantee its accuracy until you have double-checked your information against other reliable sources of information.
Read it, but don't quote it or list it in your Bibliography.
See this page for more information.
Learn to read the URL for instant information:
.edu - school or university - often trustworthy (however, is it by a student or a scholar?)
.gov - government website - trustworthy
.mil - government website - trustworthy
.org - an organisation, often not-for-profit - some can have a strong bias or agenda
.net - a network - may be trustworthy, be careful
.com - company or commercial - they could be trying to persuade you or to sell something)
~ - personal website - be very wary
Always double-check your information against known and trusted sources of information (eg books and encyclopedias).
Check our database links in the boxes below.
The words AND, OR, and NOT can help you combine concepts, as well as helping you to expand or narrow your search.