Search It is a fantastic tool that searches across library resources (books, databases, digital collections, etc.). Give it a try after you check out this tutorial.
Searching for books and articles on a topic
All of our databases permit researchers to search for articles or other resources on a specific topic.
For example, say you are interested in how agronomists can collaborate with architects to select appropriate grasses for green roofs.
A few key ideas when searching a database for topics:
- Use single words or short phrases. Usually, a database will have an "Advanced Search" option for searching multiple terms at once. Enter each piece of your topic in its own box. These words could bring up relevant results:
- green roofs
But, don't search all of those terms at once. To increase the odds of finding the information you need, break the topic into separate parts:
1) green roofs and grasses and 2) architects and agronomists collaborating.
- Try synonyms
- moss OR plant species OR perennials OR vegetation
- green buildings
- Try related ideas
- urban horticulture
- sustainable development
- soil sciences
- Search for new terms
- Read the article for its content, but also keep an eye on new terms or phrases. Try another search with those terms.
- When you find a relevant article, look for Subjects or Descriptors that are assigned to the article. Sometimes you can click on these terms to build and run another search.