Library Catalog Search the catalog to locate books, eBooks, book chapters, reference and government materials, or media titles. Identifying topic-related books/ebooks can help you identify terminology, understand topic-related concepts, and help in understanding the scope of a topic.
Library Databases Browse databases arranged by discipline/subject area. Most subject databases and multidisciplinary databases provide access to peer-reviewed journal articles. Some databases also provide access to government reports, books & ebooks, book chapters, newspaper articles, and conference papers.
Common (Boolean) Search Strategies
One option to locate topic-related sources is to start with a high-quality source and look at the references to identify additional sources, You can also check to see if the source has been cited since it was published. This process is called cited reference searching.
Here is how it works. Start with a high-quality source, such as a peer-reviewed journal article or foundational source. Review the references that the author(s) cited to identify other high-quality sources that you might want to use. Next, check to see if other authors cited the original article since it was published. By looking at both older and more current topic-related sources, you can learn about the history of the topic and some of the current research conversations associated with the topic.
If you have a citation to a topic-related article and need to locate the full text, try using the Online Journals option on the libraries homepage. Start by entering the journal title. If the library owns the journal online, a link to the journal will be provided. Next, access the year, volume, and issue (if provided) of the journal to retrieve the full text article.
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For IDS 4934 Capstone students, you will want to use subject databases in your chosen areas. This video explains how the search ERIC database, which focuses on Education related sources. In the video, you will see how to use quotes to search for terms adjacent to one another, use AND to combine topic-related terms, and use OR to include synonyms or related terms when you search.