Tips for keyword searching:
Searching with “and” narrows your search, retrieving fewer, yet more specific, results.
Using the asterisks (*) at the end of the root word will retrieve results where that word has different endings. For example, searching Catholic* will retrieve results with Catholic, Catholicism, and Catholics.
Think of synonyms! For example, use “Lord’s supper” when searching for “Eucharist.”
Once you find a book that interests you, make sure you write down the whole call number and note if the book is available and where it is!
Find relevant books in the stacks and look around that book to see what else you can find. Books with similar subjects will be near each other on the shelves.
Reference Materials Highlighted in Class
AND link words by AND to search for all words in the same resource
OR link words by OR to search for one word or another (instead of both/all words)
NOT to eliminate results with a certain term
“Quotations” – add quotations to a group of two or more words to search for the exact phrase