Use the Library Catalog to find books, dvds, or other materials in the library. Search by topic, title or author (last name first). When searching by topic, or word, type in a broad topic, for example, "political parties" or "civil war"
Try a search in our OneSearch Catalog below!
1. CHOOSE A TOPIC: Phrase your topic as a question to define your search.
Example: What were the main points of interest in the formation of the Tea Party?
2. PREPARE YOUR SEARCH: List keywords and synonyms for each aspect of the topic:
3.CHOOSE A DATABASE: You may choose a general database or a specific one, or search our streaming videos or ebook titles.
4.TRY A SEARCH: Keep it simple at first!
OR = more Use OR with synonyms or similar search terms, this requires that each record in the results include at least one of the terms
AND = less Use AND to combine search terms for different concepts.
NOT = less Use NOT to eliminate commonly associated search terms for related concepts.
5. REVIEW YOUR RESULTS: Too many results? Consider more specific aspects of your topic to explore.
Too few records Try synonyms, fewer keywords or broader terms.
Check for: authority, scope, currency, bias, source, etc.
6. FIND THE ARTICLE: Remember that you can also use the citation tool in the databases to find the one you need!