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Library Resources
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Finding Information

The Library Learning Centre has Journal Collections and Databases available for students and staff by going to the database website.

Library Catalogue

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.


Searching Information

Keyword Searching

Keyword Search Rules for the Library Catalog and Databases

and Use AND to focus search and combine different aspects of your topic. Example: vegetarianism and environment
or Use OR to expand your search and find synonyms/related terms. Example: global warming or climate change
not Use NOT to exclude a word or phrase from your search. Example: emissions trading not United States

 Additional Search Tips

  1. “Phrase search” – Use quotation marks” ” to search for a particular phrase.
    • Example: “graphic design”
  2. 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.)
  3. (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

Evaluating Information

Evaluating Information

  • 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?

Useful links

Here are some useful links that will provide tips on evaluating 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.

Subject Specific Guides

Faculty of Business
  • Business Law
  • HRM
  • Audit and Assurance
  • Taxation
Faculty of Humanities
  • English for Specific Purposes 1
  • English for Specific Purposes 2
  • Audit and Assurance
  • Taxation
  • CAP English
  • Market Yourself
Faculty of EDICT
  • Thermodynamics
  • Animation
  • Audio/Video
  • Java Programming

Research Guides

Faculty of Business
Faculty of Humanities
Faculty of EDICT


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