Searching with “and” narrows your search, retrieving fewer, yet more specific, results. Searching for "women" will retrieve a larger number of less relevant results than searching for: women AND Rom* AND “elegiac poetry.”
Using the asterisks (*) at the end of the root word will retrieve results where that word has different endings. For example, searching Rom* will retrieve results with Rome and Roman.
Think of synonyms, related terms, and alternate spellings! For example, use “ancient world" or "classical world" when searching for information.
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.
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