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PED231:Human Development & Motor Learning: Finding Sources

Finding Books

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UD Catalog

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Need a refresher on how to use the catalog? Check out this video.

Need help reading a call number? Check out this guide.

Keywords and Subjects aren't the same thing?

Keywords are simply those words you type into the search box to get the results you want. Just like in Google, you don't type your whole question, just the important words or terms that will help you get the answers. Remember to consider synonyms when you create your keyword list.

So what are subjects then? Subjects are a specific word or phrase some librarian has assigned to a particular topic. Basically it's a tag we attach to articles or books. Why would we do that? Because that way when you search for that specific word or phrase you get EVERYTHING that has been tagged with that term. You can find these subjects (or subject headings) in the library catalog and most databases (except JSTOR). Usually they live along the left side bar or in the middle of the record (when you click on a specific book or article).

Searching within a Specific Journal Title

If there is a specific journal title you'd like to search within, here are the steps:

  • Determine the name of the journal you want to find full-text
  • Use the Journal List to see which database the full-text is in
  • Click on the title of the journal you searched (do not click on the title of the database--the search won't work!)
  • Choose "Search Within this Publication"
  • After choosing this, your searches will only find articles published within the specifc journal you searched

Special Librarian Search Tips

  • Use "quotation marks" around a phrase you search for that phrase and not the words separately 
  • The more words you search for the fewer results you'll get. So if you don't have enough results, take a search term away...don't add more! 
  • Create a list of keywords you've used that work, so when you search the next database you remember. 

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