Generally speaking, all Hawaiʻi- and Pacific-related library research follows the same steps, in this order: 1) Search Voyager; 2) Search the Hawaii-Pacific Journal Index (HPJI); 3) search databases specific to your topic. The below outlines an overview process meant to get you started; in this context, Google Scholar and Google Books can be powerful supplements to Voyager and HPJI; however, when it comes time to doing a literature search for a Masterʻs Thesis or Doctoral Dissertation, be aware that Google Scholar/Books donʻt capture everything there is.
When using Voyager, remember to check the location information on each item you find. Items marked UH Mānoa: Hamilton Pacific Reference or UH Mānoa: Hamilton Hawaiian Reference can be pulled directly off the reference shelves in the Hawaiian & Pacific reading room. For items marked UH Mānoa Hawaiian Collection or UH Mānoa Pacific Collection, request retrieval through the "Get This Item" link in Voyager. (Click here for instructions on how to request books using "Get This Item.")
When using Google Scholar and Google Books, please remember that the Internet (even Google!) does not hold information on everything in the world. There are things in our library that simply don't exist anywhere else in the world and are invisible to Google. This is particularly true of the kind of primary source material that you are expected to know about when doing graduate-level research -- you ignore Voyager and the Hawaii-Pacific Journal Index at your own great risk! Google searches should also never be substituted for searches in databases featured at left -- Google is a good means of diving into your subject and getting a sense of what has been published ... but it is not a one stop solution to advanced scholarly research and it can also at times be an extremely messy search. All of this said: