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Muscat University based students: Finding information for your assignments


SmartSearch helps you find e-books, journal articles and much more. You can enter the search terms into the search box below and use the 'searching hints and tips' section to help you get started.  You can also find information about referencing and how to avoid plagiarism.  Use the Cite Them Right Online tool below to help you reference correctly or visit the Blackboard module created by the Learning Development Centre for further support.

Searching hints and tips

  • Library SmartSearch searches all the words you have entered, without the need to use AND.  For example: writing literature review will find items that contain all 3 terms
  • Library SmartSearch searches through the full text of documents (if available).  This may cause a large number of results, and not all are relevant to your subject.  Results are returned in a relevancy ranked order.
  • To improve the relevancy of your search results, enclose phrases in "quotation marks".  For example:  "research methods" or "global warming". 
  • Include the apostrophe.  For example, use "handmaid's tale" rather than "handmaids tale"
  • To find variant endings for a word, use the * asterisk (truncation symbol.)  For example:  delinquen* finds delinquent, delinquents, delinquency
  • To find scholarly journal articles, refine your search by selecting "Scholarly (Peer Reviewed) Journals"
  • You can refine a search by limiting to Language. However, be aware that many English language articles have not been tagged as English, so will be missing from your search results.
  • Many items have direct links to retrieve the full text. For those that don't, use "Find it @ Aston" to determine if the Library has the item in print or online.

Cite Them Right Online

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Your guide to referencing and avoiding plagiarism

Cite Them Right Online is an interactive eBook that will help you reference a wide range of sources, including: books, films, journals, web resources, images, tweets, and much, much more in a variety of referncing styles.

The site's interactivity means that you can find the information that you need quickly and easily. You'll wonder how you ever survived without it!

The smartest way to start your search


To search for:

  • a specific book, type in the author surname and some words from the title
  • books on a topic, type your keywords and then select Books from the Limit by material type menu on the left-hand side of your results page

(Reading lists for individual modules can be accessed via Blackboard)

Referencing sources from Library SmartSearch

  1. Find the item (e.g. book or article) you require in Library SmartSearch
  2. Click on the title to access the full record for your item
  3. Click the Cite button button on the right hand side of the screen
  4. Choose the most appropriate format for your task (check with the tutor marking your work if you're not sure)
  5. Check the reference thoroughly before copying and pasting it into your document

Alternatively, use the Export button button to export your reference directly to your reference management software.

Learning Development Centre

Referencing is the practice of acknowledging and describing other pieces of work that you have read or used whilst completing your own work.

Find out more at the Learning Development Centre (LDC).