Begin by identifying the keywords in the question or the subject you wish to find materials for. Here is an example:
Begin by identifying the important words in the question.
Go to the Classic Catalogue to perform the keyword search. Remember to think about different terms (synonyms), which may prove to be more effective during the research process. For instance, First Nations may be changed to Aboriginal, Indigenous, Indians of North America, or Native Americans.
Searching: violence AND First Nations AND women retrieves 20 results. You can broaden or narrow results retrieved by adding other terms of interest into the mix. Use Boolean Operators AND and OR to broaden or narrow your search.
(First Nations OR Aboriginal OR Indigenous OR Indians of North America OR Native Americans) AND women AND violence
Searching by subject heading ensures that you are able to pull up all of the materials associated with a given subject. Each and every book in the library has a predetermined subject heading assigned to them. These subject headings indicate the different subjects or topics being dealt with in a particular book. Each of the subject headings found in the catalogue is linked to other materials dealing with the same subject matter.
Do a Subject Heading search and see what you can find:
Begin by going to the Classic Catalogue and selecting subject in the drop-down menu. Try searching any or all of the following subject headings to see the various materials we have.
Searching by a book's call number is one of the most efficient ways to search for materials! Searching this way allows you to go directly to a book's bibliographic record, while gaining the ability to search the shelves virtually from the comfort of your own desk or home!
Every item in the library has been assigned a call number.These numbers tell us the subject area of the material, the location of the item in the library, and the physical order of the books on the shelf. It is these numbers that allow you to see all of the titles of the books located next to the searched item on the shelf.
Give it a try!