Library SEARCH is the Library's main search engine and it is available from the Library homepage.
This tutorial will show you how to use Library SEARCH to find resources using search tips specifically designed for library databases.
How to use this tutorial.
Let's get started!
This tutorial is starting on the Advanced Search screen. Why?
Advanced Search gives us more search boxes to build a more focused, efficient search.
Let's use an example topic:
"Discuss how popular culture may affect movies"
List the search words from the example topic
More about search words
Enter the search words, "popular culture" into the top box. Look at the image below to see how we have entered the phrase "popular culture".
(Click to enlarge the image)
We have used double quotation marks.
This will find an exact phrase to make your search more relevant.
More about phrase searching
Look at the image below to see how we have entered
We have used an asterisk * as this:
More about using *
Enter your search words into the boxes as shown.
Search tips explained
Scroll through your results to take a look at the sources found. If you're not getting useful results you may need to add to or change your search words.
Click on a title for more details about the source.
In the details of the title, scroll down to see subjects.
Subjects describe what the article is about.
Are there any other words in the Subjects that we could use for our topic on popular culture and movies?
Review suggested answer
Let's include films in our search
But before we do...
Where would we place * to find both the words film and films?
Let's include film* into our original search.
1. Scroll to the top of the page
2. Add OR film* (click to enlarge the image)
3. Click Search
OR finds either of your search words.
This saves time as it broadens a search to find sources about either movies or films as both may be relevant to our example topic.
Search tips summary
To the left of your screen is the 'Refine search results' column. On mobile, select the filter button above your results.
1. Scroll down to Source Types.
2. Click on Show More to view all Source Types
Search results can include news, magazines, academic journals, trade publications, books and ebooks.
Review your assessment task outline. It may indicate the types of sources you need to use for that task. (e.g. peer-reviewed journal articles).
The most frequently used sources are books and ebooks, and academic/peer-reviewed journal articles.
To limit your search results to ebooks which you can read online from any location.
1. Under Source Types, select Books/ebooks
2. Under Availability, select Available online
You have now limited your search results to ebooks.
Let's remove our books and ebooks filter so that we can limit to journal articles (our next screen).
At the top left click on Reset filters
To limit by Academic/Peer-reviewed journal articles select 'Peer-reviewed Journals' under 'Availability'.
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