- Use the list of references or citations at the end of an article, chapter of a book or even within a web site. They provide an excellent starting point to help you understand the topic a little bit better
- Use Wikipedia to define a topic or concept. Just don’t stop there.
- Use the Library of Congress Classification system for call numbers of items that may be useful to your search. Then you can browse the shelves in the library
- Use a thesaurus. Almost every database has a thesaurus built-in; use the thesaurus to help you find suggested related terms. Perhaps you are not using the right term, the thesaurus should help you to find the correct term.
- Use the advanced search option if you know more details about what you are looking for, such as, an author, a date, a publication name or a subject area.
- Use the limiter features to narrow your search once you are on the results page
- Start with a general database. You will likely discover other databases that will be useful to you, through the library’s link resolver service.
- Pay attention to where the information is found and the language that is being used within your discipline
- When you discover a successful search string, set up an alert or RSS feed to continually receive new content on that topic
- Ask when you need help!
Monday, September 10, 2012
Think like a librarian
Below you will find my top ten search tips for making your research more effective and efficient: