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Geological Engineering 430: Mining Resources

General Search Tips

1. Be persistent! Search several different resources. Each resource will have different coverage - so if you don't find anything useful in the first resource you try, then try another!

2. Be creative! If the initial terms that you search by don't produce results, think creatively and try alternate search terms. ** This is especially true when searching for chemical substances. Substances often have numerous synonymous names and different ways of writing their formulae. Try to find the CAS Registry Number for the substance of interest - this is the widely considered the most accurate method of searching for information on a known substance. Searching by molecular structure is another accurate search method (if the database allows this means of searching).

3. Ask for help! Contact your Engineering Librarian or see other sources of help on the Ask Us page.

Government Sources

Government of Canada

Provincial Governments

Industry Association Sources

Library Resources

Google Scholar

Google Scholar can be a great place to start your search. In order to take full advantage of Google Scholar, you can link to the materials available at the University of Saskatchewan Library. This is already done on many of the Library computers, which is why you see the "Fulltext @ UofS Library" links in your Google Scholar results. This can easily be set up on any computer by using the following steps:

1) Open the Google Scholar homepage (

2) Click on the Settings link at the top of the page (the one with the gear next to it).

3) Choose "Library links" from the menu on the left. 

4) Search for the University of Saskatchewan. This should give you two results - University of Saskatchewan and University of Saskatchewan Library. Check both of them.