The Library Learning Centre has Journal Collections and Databases available for students and staff by going to the database website.
The Polytechnic library system holds bibliographic data and patron data for students and staff to search.
You can check to see what books and other resources we have in the Library by searching the catalogue.
There are some library guides below in the “Lib Guides” section for help on how to access, evaluate and reference information.Search the Catalogue
Polytechnic students and staff have access to a range of databases. Users can create their own account using Bahrain Polytechnic email. Contact the LLC team if you need help.
Keyword Search Rules for the Library Catalog and Databases
|Use AND to focus search and combine different aspects of your topic. Example: vegetarianism and environment|
|Use OR to expand your search and find synonyms/related terms. Example: global warming or climate change|
|Use NOT to exclude a word or phrase from your search. Example: emissions trading not United States|
Additional Search Tips
- “Phrase search” – Use quotation marks” ” to search for a particular phrase.
- Example: “graphic design”
- Truncation * – Use an asterisk to find variations of a word. Put an asterisk following the root of the word to find all variations of that word, including singular and plural.
- Example: design* (finds design, designers, etc.)
- (Grouping/Nesting Keywords) – Use parentheses ( ) as a way to group all your search terms together.
- Example: (graphic or design) and advertising
Taken from Research Guides@Tuftus
- Who wrote it?
- What gives them the right to write about it?
- Who published it?
- Why do they want to convince you of their argument?
- Do they talk about their methods and data and research?
- Can you find the background resources they used?
- Do they talk about other, seminal research?
- Is it current?
- Does it need to be current?
Here are some useful links that will provide tips on evaluating information.
- Evaluating print vs. internet sources. This page helps you understand the differences between print and internet sources and how to evaluate them.
- Evaluating during reading . This website shows you the questions you should be asking yourself while you are reading a source.
- Evaluating information from the SWITCH Information Literacy Web Tutorials. This is an interactive tutorial that walks you through the steps to evaluate information.
The CRAAP Test
Are your sources credible and useful ?! The CRAAP Test is a list of questions that help you determine if the sources you found are accurate and reliable. Keep in mind that the following list is not static or complete. Different criteria will be more or less important depending on your situation or need.
- Currency: The timeliness of the information.
- When was the information published or posted?
- Has the information been revised or updated?
- Is the information current or out-of date for your topic?
- Are the links functional? *
- Relevance:The importance of the information for your needs.
- Does the information relate to your topic or answer your question?
- Who is the intended audience?
- Is the information at an appropriate level (i.e. not too elementary or advanced for your needs)?
- Have you looked at a variety of sources before determining this is one you will use?
- Would you be comfortable using this source for a research paper?
- Authority: The source of the information.
- Who is the author/publisher/source/sponsor?
- Are the author’s credentials or organizational affiliations given?
- What are the author’s credentials or organizational affiliations given?
- What are the author’s qualifications to write on the topic?
- Is there contact information, such as a publisher or e-mail address?
- Does the URL reveal anything about the author or source? examples: .com .edu .gov .org .net *
- Accuracy: The reliability, truthfulness, and correctness of the informational content.
- Where does the information come from?
- Is the information supported by evidence?
- Has the information been reviewed or refereed?
- Can you verify any of the information in another source or from personal knowledge?
- Does the language or tone seem biased and free of emotion?
- Are there spelling, grammar, or other typographical errors?
- Purpose: The reason the information exists.
- What is the purpose of the information? to inform? teach? sell? entertain? persuade?
- Do the authors/sponsors make their intentions or purpose clear?
- Is the information fact? opinion? propaganda?Does the point of view appear objective and impartial?
- Are there political, ideological, cultural, religious, institutional, or personal biases?
- This is a modified version of a document created by Sarah Blakeslee at Meriam Library, CSU Chico.
- This table is taken from the TUFUS LibGuides.
- Key: * indicates criteria is for Web sources only
Subject Specific Guides
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|Faculty of Humanities||
|Faculty of EDICT||
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|Faculty of Humanities||
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- For detailed maps of Bahrain, the GCC, and the rest of the world, visit Google Maps: https://maps.google.com.
- Arab Regional Centre for World Heritage (ARC-WH): http://arcwh.org/
- Bahrain – UNESCO World Heritage Centre: http://whc.unesco.org/en/statesparties/BH/
- Bahrain Culture and Heritage: http://www.bahrain.com/en/Pages/default.aspx
- Bahrain eGovernment portal website: http://www.bahrain.bh/