Create a Keyword List
The right keywords help to effectively search catalogs, databases, and the Internet.
- Start by compiling a list of keywords that represent each concept of your topic.
- Use more specific terms when searching databases versus catalogs.
- Try boolean operators (AND, OR, NOT) to link your terms together into a single search.
- Look for additional terms in your search results. Add these to your list.
You may need to do multiple searches in each database to research your topic. However, with patient and persistence, you'll find relevant material.
Finding scholarly articles
When searching for scholarly articles, you are almost always best off using one of the library's subscription databases than you are simply searching the web.
Of the databases listed below, JSTOR and Academic Search Compete cover virtually all academic subjects and contain mostly full-text articles (rather than just citations). The down side is that they may not cover all subjects in much depth, but all students in this class should give them a try.
The other databases below are more focused. MLA International Bibliography covers language and literature studies as well as film. International Bibliography of Theatre and Dance and the Film & Television Literature Index have more self-explanatory titles. These three should cover their areas in more depth, but will many times only have a bibliographic entry for an item, and lack the full text.
TIGER will tell you what we own (books, DVDs, CDs, etc.) or subscribe to (journals, databases, etc.) at Colorado College. It will not help you find articles in journals.
The Prospector Catalog will help you find books and other items in other Colorado libraries which you can request and have sent to Tutt Library for you to use.
WorldCat can help you find books in libraries almost anywhere and request them via interlibrary loan.
Please ask a librarian if you need help with TIGER, Prospector, or WorldCat.
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