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FWLD 220: Wildlife Management: Finding Books & Articles

Search Basics

The search box on the library's main page allows users to search for books, DVDs, videos, academic journals, magazines, newspapers, scholarly articles and more from one search box. If you're trying to access a book or article you already know about, you can enter the title or author's name here. If you're looking to find material about a specific topic, try entering two or three keywords that are likely to appear in discussions of that topic.

Main search box on the library's homepage

 

What are Keywords?

Keywords are the words you use to search for anything online and they determine how successful your search is. If you're researching the links between poverty and obesity in children, for instance, the most important keywords would be: poverty, obesity, children. Database searches usually work better when you only enter 2-4 essential keywords than when you enter a complete sentence or question.

Here a couple of common problems you may run into and ways to fix them using keywords:

I'm getting too many results!

  • use keywords that are more specific (not as general)
  • add additional keywords to your search
I'm getting too few results!
  • ‚Äčuse keywords that are less specific (more general)
  • remove keywords from your search
These results are not what I'm looking for!
  • try different combinations of keywords
  • think of synonyms for your keywords

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How do I Refine my Search Results?

From your list of results, use the "Refine Results" tools on the left side of the screen to narrow your search. You can limit by publication date, source type, publisher, geography, language and more. 

Finding Books in Van Wagenen Library

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Enter two or three keywords in the search box. You may need to try different combinations of words to find exactly what you're looking for. To limit your search to physical books located on the shelves of VanWagenen Library, check the box next to "Print Books Only" in the "Limit To" box on the left side of the page.  Once you've found a book you're interested in, write down the "call number" provided.

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Look for the signs on the ends of the rows to help you find the shelf that has your book.

Library shelf guide signscall number on book spine

Books about similar subjects are grouped together on the shelves, so take a look at the books beside the one you were initially interested. Chances are good you'll find other relevant sources nearby!

If you need help, ask a librarian or staff member at the main desk on the library's first floor.