This guide provides selected ebook collections and databases, search tips and APA resources for the PAD 5145 Volunteerism in Nonprofit Management library assignment. The library subscribes to many ebook collections and hundreds of academic databases. This guide lists just a few databases that can be used for public administration, nonprofit management, and business topics. eBooks are useful to find background information and get an overview of a topic. Databases provide access to academic (peer reviewed) articles that are often required for course assignments. Our Databases by Subject page links to many other databases for discipline or topic related areas.
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Knowing some common search strategies can help you locate topic-related resources such as books/ebooks and journal articles.
Field searching is used when you want to search for terms within a specified section of a book/ebook or article record. Fields often include: Author, Title, Journal Title, Abstract, Subject or Descriptor, or Anywhere within the Full-Text.
In addition to using the title or author fields to search the library catalog or a library database, searching the subject or descriptor field can help make your search more precise -- and subject field searches can be combined with keyword searching.
Here's how you might begin a database search for a topic:
Common search strategies: