Please see boxes below for tips about how to find books, e-books, videos and more in the library catalogue; how to choose a database to search for articles; and how to find articles in the databases.
Here's two links to get you started:
Search by keyword
The library catalogue's default search setting is set to keyword. A catalogue search will return results for books, videos, E-books and more.
Begin by identifying the key words in the question or the subject you wish to find materials for. Here is an example:
I am looking for books relating to cancer and alternative therapies.
Begin by identifying important words in the question. Use an asterisk (*) for truncating the ending of words.
complementary OR alternative*
therap* OR treatment*
Go to the library catalog to perform the keyword search. Remember to think about different terms (synonyms) which may prove to be more effective during the search process. Therapy for instance may be changed to or searched in conjunction with treatment. Choose Advanced Search to search multiple synonyms at once. Use quotation marks around phrases, use an asterisk (*) for truncating the ending of words, for instance: "complementary therap*"
Narrow the number of results retrieved by adding a name of a country into the mix, particularly if your reseach if focused on a specific geographical region.
If you find an interesting item, click on the hyperlinked record and scroll down to view the subject headings. This will provide further ideas for keywords and subject terms to search.
Finding an appropriate database:
Start from the library home page: http://library.unbc.ca/
Near the main search box, click on the Databases tab.
Scroll down on the Browse by Subject list until you find Health Sciences or use the default of Multidisciplinary. Descriptions of the topic coverage in each database are included.
Click on Submit.
Or, if you know the database that you want to search in, choose the appropriate letter of the database title from Alphabetical list.
Tips for searching for articles:
In most databases it is easiest to start with a Keyword search.
You may also want to use the Thesaurus or Subject Terms to browse for the appropriate subject terms for your topic.
If you know the title of the article you are looking for do a Title search.
If you know that you want articles from within a specific journal search by Journal title, Periodical title, or Series title.
If you know the author, search by Author (Last name, first initial).
There may be other options to limit your seach by publication year, document type, etc. Take advantage of these!
There are plenty of consumer health resources available and it is important to determine whether or not the information that you find is reliable.