1. Get to know your subject
To get the basic information about the subject, read about it in dictionaries. The dictionaries will give you a summary and additional search words. The school has access to Encyclopedia Britannica Online.
Go to Encyclopedia Britannica Online http://school.eb.co.uk/
2. Choose your course
What approach will you have to your subject? Note the words you want to search with.
3. Get deeper into the subject
Now when you have an idea of what kind of information you need, there are several kinds of information sources you can search in.
You can search for books in several library catalogues. You can search on titles, categories and subject words.
Go to Digital Learning Resources and look under Library Catalogues
The school has access to quality controlled databases. For example Landguiden with information about countries in Swedish.
Go to Digital Learning Resources and look under Databases,
Newspapers and magazines
There might be information about your subject in magazines and newspapers, especially if you are working with a current issue. The library subscribes to various magazines and newspapers and has access to three quality controlled online resources.
Go to Digital Learning Resources and look under Newspapers & Journal Archives. If you have a library card and a pin code to Stockholm public library you can search in various databases with newspapers and magazines from home or school.
It is easy to find information on the internet, but it is harder to know what sources you can trust or not. It is a good idea to use the source criticism guide Check the Source! by the Swedish National Agency for Education. It will help you evaluate the quality of the information sources you find.
Go to Check the Source!
When you search in Google you often get many hits. Google rank the hits after the content of the page, number of visitors or number of links to and from the page. This means that the top hits might not be the best ones. Google does not have a quality controller that go through the content of the pages that they link to, so use the guidelines from Check the Source! when you do your Google search.
Organizations and authorities often have useful information on their web pages. For example, if you want to know more about the Swedish government, start with a visit to their website. If you can’t find the information you need, contact someone at the company or organization, you usually can find their contacts on the web page.
And of course, ask the librarian!