Searching Library Resources

Find authoritative sources for your research project. 

From scholarly books that provide a comprehensive account of a topic; to  journal articles that  provide studies/reviews of current literature.  

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Finding Background Information

Books and reference sources such as encyclopedias, provide basic facts and knowledge that can be used as a foundation for your research and will lead you to additional sources.

Tools: Library Catalog for books, for encyclopedia articles it is recommended to use Gale Virtual Reference.

How to search: Start with a basic search using two to three keywords.


Focus Your Research 

Once you have decided on a research question/ hypothesis or focus of your research. 

It is time to make a list of the key elements/concepts of your topic.

Develop Key-terms 

Before jumping into searches, lets generate a list of key-terms to search with. Under each main concept think of synonyms, related terms describing the same concept. Don't hesitate on going broadly and narrow when thinking of terms.  

Searching Tools 

Advanced Searches

Electronic databases that index periodicals can be very large, some containing in excess of a million citations and full text items.

It is best to conduct advanced searching techniques to get concise & relevant results.

Boolean Logic

 Wildcards & Truncations

Wildcards are symbols that represent any combination of letters, returning all possible variations of a search term.

symbols used:  * (most common)

?  or # (used to replace 1 character) 

Truncation uses a wildcard character to search for all possible endings of a word. See example


Proximity operators are shorthand notations used with a number to indicate how close a search term should appear to another search term.

Operators used vary by database.


Each database has its own limiters options in order to filter your results further. The most commonly used filters are: dates, type of source such as peer-reviewed, language. 

Don't Limit your results to Full Text

Full Text

Full text is the actual article itself, it can be in PDF format or HTML.

SFX Link

In case you do not see a Full Text link, look for the SFX Link.

SFX acts like the middle man between databases. It will let you know if we have that article via another database or in print.

Periodicals List

In case there is no Full Text/SFX link or  properly working, find the article using the  periodicals list.

1. Identify the journal, magazine, newspaper where article was published and the year.

2. Search for the title of publication in Periodicals List.

3. Make sure there is access to that year, if so click on database link that provides access to the publication.

4. Locate article using year, volume, issue, title of article information.

Interlibray Loan

In case we do not have access to an article or book you want, you can request it via interlibrary loan.

Our IL department will ask other institutions for the article of book. All you need to do is fill out the appropriate form.

Form for Books

Form for Articles


Now is time for you to search for articles!!!

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