Textbooks are a key information source for many assignment types and you will often be directed to specific sections or chapters by your tutors. However, it is important to realise that such directed reading is never exhaustive. There will often be other books available in the library which will provide useful information. It is also worth bearing in mind that there may be books at other University of Bedfordshire campus libraries which will be useful too. Remember that you can use the reservations system to obtain a book from another campus library. Click on the following link to watch a short video on how to reserve a book using the library catalogue:
The book which you require may also be available electronically, which means that you can access key texts and chapters from any location on or off campus. These ebooks allow you to search within their content, so you may find that a general book related to your course contains a specific chapter which is quite relevant to your assignment. Take a look at this video which explains more about ebooks and how to access them.
Although textbooks are a good source of information, they have one major weakness: the information within them can very quickly become out of date. If you need more up-to-date information, you might want to look at newspapers, magazines and peer-reviewed academic journals. The following pages of this unit explains more about these types of information sources.