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How to research: Other Information Sources

Help finding and evaluating resources.
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Conference Proceedings

These are articles based on presentations given at conferences.  Conference papers and proceedings may be found in many different places.  Sometimes they will be published as a book, other times you will find them as journal articles or as an abstract or summary in a database.  Be aware that they may take some time to be published and that sometimes they may not be published at all.  You may be able to track them down in the repository of the University where the speaker is based.  

Government Reports & Documents

Government publications are a good source of information on official policy and initiatives. 

List of government publications


A Standard is a code of best practice for doing something, for example making a product, managing a process, delivering a service or supplying materials. Standards are used to ensure uniformity and consistency, reliability and safety and provide a quality benchmark. They contain technical specifications and guidelines.

Many standards are produced by national bodies, but some are produced internationally or by industry.

SAGE Research Methods

Sage Research Methods Online (SRMO) is a research methods tool for health and social sciences. It links SAGE’s research methods content with search tools to help researchers answer their research methods questions.

Research Reports

Research reports contain the results of research projects, investigations, and surveys and are produced by a wide range of different organisations.  These reports can usually be tracked down by looking at the website of the organisation that carried out the research and may be available online.

Dissertations & Theses

These are pieces of academic research that have been produced by academic researchers to obtain their higher degrees.  While some researchers will convert their thesis into a book, often theses and dissertations are unpublished.

More information about finding theses.

Legal Information

Legal information can be found in print in the Treforest and Cardiff campus libraries and online in legal databases.  See the Law subject guide to find out more.

BoB - On Demand TV & Radio for Education (Learning on Screen)

BoB is Learning on Screen’s on demand TV and radio service for education that lets you record and view TV and radio online from over 65 free-to-air channels including an archive of over 2 million programmes. View on campus or at home (UK only).

  • Record TV and radio quickly and simply
  • View Over 1 million programmes available in the archive
  • Create clips to use in lectures or send to students
  • Save playlists of your favourite broadcasts and series
  • Never miss a programme with a buffer of 30 days


BoB Curated Playlists
This is a growing collection of curated playlists hosted by Learning on Screen and curated by academics on a diverse range of disciplines, subject areas or modules.