HKUL subscribes to a rich collection of print and electronic resources in support of the literature review process. Resources range from multi-disciplinary to subject specialized databases.
There are myriad resources each with its own specialty or purpose.
► Subject Guides: Refer to Subject guides for the pertinent resources on a discipline or topic.
► Accessing e-resources: HKUL authentication is required for access to e-resources. However, if you access a resource directly from the publisher’s page bypassing the library, the HKUL authentication page will not appear. Please install the HKUL Bookmarklet to trigger the authentication page.
Below is a simple overview of the resources for different stages of research:
|Stage of research||Tools||Hints|
Beginning your research
|Find@HKUL||The discovery tool at HKUL to find books and articles on a topic. See Guide|
|Google Scholar||With special settings, you can link directly to ViewIt @ HKUL for full text access. See Guide|
|For inter-disciplinary topics
Try the following key databases:中國期刊全文數據庫
|E-Theses Databases||Help discover research beyond journal articles and explore into the extensive bibliographies of each thesis.|
|For a specialized discipline
||Databases||Choose databases by subject or by database type.|
|HKUL Digital Initiatives||The 33 databases produced through HKUL digitization open up online access to local collections originally in print format only.|
Stay up-to-date on new publications
|BrowZine||Track new publications by journals. The tool offers desktop, Android and IOS platforms. See Guide|
Alerts in databases
Track new publications on a topic by setting up email alerts or RSS feeds in selected databases. Sample Guide
Pre-prints servers also provide preview of papers going to be published. See Guide
Get materials beyond HKUL
|HKALL||Loan of books from other UGC-funded libraries in Hong Kong.|
|Interlibrary Loans||Loan of books which are not even available via HKALL or for procuring articles not available in HKUL.|
|Boolean operator: AND||Both terms to appear||energy AND pollution|
|Boolean operator: OR||Either term to appear||solar OR sun|
|Boolean operator: NOT||Exclude a term||energy NOT nuclear|
|Truncation and Wildcard||Search variant spelling||cultur* to get culture, cultured, cultural|
|Wildcard||organi?ation to get organisation, organization|
|Brackets||Group terms||pollution AND (fossil fuel OR petroleum)|
|Quotation marks||Phrase searching||“law and order”|