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Independent College Dublin: Research Basics

An Introduction

The library is a research centre where resources can be accessed at the library or online. This page aims to get library users started on their research journey. For more detailed research assistance, book an appointment with the librarian at Please include your research topic and all research you have done so far. 

Database Guide: The College's databases are hosted on OpenAthens, our single sign-on service. 

  • EBSCO Business Source Premier: The industry's most widely used business research database. Features full text and searchable cited references for top journals covering a variety of business disciplines, as well as industry profiles. 
  • EBSCO eBook Business Collection: A collection of over 17,000 business eBooks.
  • Thomson Reuters Westlaw IE (Ireland) and UK:  Case law, legislation, news, legal journals, commentary, current awareness alerts and EU legal materials. Check out this Westlaw UK LibGuide
  • VLE Books: Our eBook collection database for stand-alone business, marketing, accounting, management, and dispute resolution monographs.

Research Strategy

1. What question/s do you want to answer in your research? Can you be more specific? You should be moving from a broad area of interest to more specific focus areas/subjects. 

2. Can you identify the keywords? Can you then identify a combination of keywords using BOOLEAN (AND, OR, NOT), i.e., Tax AND Evasion NOT avoidance. Tobacco AND marketing NOT vaping. 

3. Remember to narrow your search by using limiters or by setting your own search parameters. Some examples are listed below:

  • Date range (i.e., everything since 1970, last ten years, 2021 only)
  • Location (ie., China, the UK, Australia) 
  • Demographics (group)
  • Source type (Books, eBooks, journal articles, media publication etc.)

4.  Evaluate resources using CRAAP: Currency, Relevance, Authority, Accuracy, and Purpose. Are your sources fit for purpose?