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Getting Started with Research

Searching the Catalog

  1. Create a list of broad and narrow keywords for your topic. If you need keyword ideas, use a thesaurus or an encyclopedia (see Getting Started with Research).
  2. Check your spelling!
  3. Search using just keywords. Don't type sentences. Use only 2 or 3 keywords at a time.
  4.  Use  AND, OR, NOT between keyword
  • AND - all results will have ALL words
  • OR - results will contain EITHER one word OR the other
  • NOT - results will NOT contain a particular word

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Search for Books/eBooks

Use this search box to find books to check out from the library and to find eBooks which you can read on your computer and most mobile devices.

Understanding Primary & Secondary Sources

Video on Types of Sources

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