Start your Search
In class we searched for your topics both in our SHU "all-search" box and in individual databases. We saw that doing a search across all of the library's materials (print and e-books, journal and magazine articles and government information) yielded a lot of information but that the search itself was difficult to refine. You began with three access points: your author's name used as a SUBJECT, the TITLE of the work you are writing about and RELEVANT KEYWORDS: nature, environmentalism, etc. From these three access points, we went on to limit the search by using the bar on the left. We limited by date, format (book, article, etc.) and whether material was full text or not. We did the same kind of limiting in the ADVANCED search box with Boolean operators--AND, OR, and NOT--as well refining by keywords and subjects (topical tags). Each method can be helpful. Experiment with both and then go on to the next page.