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Research Process Guide: Resources Search

Search the Catalog

Enter your search terms to search the catalog. 

 

Searching the catalog

Refer to the relevant subject guide for tips about searching for sources in a specific discipline.

Try different search words and combinations of words.  Search using synonyms and variant forms of words. 

You can search for a word stem by using truncation.  For example, sustainab* = sustainable, sustainability.

When you've found a relevant source, examine the subject headings that have been used.

Searching article databases and digital collections

Refer to the relevant subject guide for tips about searching for articles in a specific discipline.

Magazine and journal articles provide more recent information than books. If your topic is very current you may not find it discussed in books and may need to go directly to articles.

Tip:  As you search, keep track of what you found and where you found it.  Most research databases have an email option so you can send yourself references and links to review later.

ASK A LIBRARIAN if you would like help finding sources.

A useful general purpose article database is Academic Search Premier, used in the example below.

When you've found a relevant article, look at the subject headings that have been used.