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New LIBROS Search Box

Find Books, Ebooks, DVDs, Articles, & More using LIBROS:

Find Books and E-books using LIBROS:

Find Articles using LIBROS:

Find Movies

Search for all movies using LIBROS (includes Films on Demand).
Use the format button in left column of search results to limit to DVD, VHS, or other.

Find Materials on Reseve at the Libray

Find Web Pages with a Search Engine

?Questions? about LIBROS -- Call 925-8990 or if closed .

The Research Process


How Do I?---The Research Process

Step 1. Choose your topic

  1. Choose an idea that interests you.
  2. Choose an idea that meets the requirements of the assignment.
  3. Choose an idea that can be researched (some interesting topics are too obscure or too recent).
  4. Choose an idea that is the right size for the assignment.
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For additional help see Searchpath Module 2


Step 2. Create your search strategy

Brainstorm on your topic.
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Create a search statement.
  • Use important words or phrases from the concept map.
  • Connect words and phrases with correct Boolean logic (and, or, not).
  • Put phrases in quotation marks "".
  • Use truncation * for work endings.
  • Use variant spellings (theater or theatre).
  • For people search both "Last name, first name" or "First name Last Name".
  • See Searching tips.
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    Step 3. Search for resources



    librosvalencia (17K)

    Use a catalog.

    Use LIBROS with these search tips.

    Other catalogs


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    Use a database.

    Choose a database and use these search tips.
  • Use the Advanced Search feature.
  • Use a separate line for each concept map idea or cut/paste your search statement into one line.
  • Connect keywords with Boolean logic.
  • See the Searching Tips for additional help.
  • Limit to full text.
  • Limit to scholarly, peer reviewed
  • See Searchpath Module 4 for help using databases.
  • For info on authors, try one of these databases:
  • For info from newspapers, try one of these databases:
  • For "pros or cons" topics, try one of these databases:
  • For "any" topic, try one of these "ALL PURPOSE" databases:
  • The complete list is on All Databases.
  • A selected list by subject is at Databases by Subject.
  • Web info

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    Use a search engine.

    Choose a search engine and use these tips.
  • Use an Advanced Search feature.
  • Use truncation.
  • Limit by domain name.
  • See the Searching Tips for additional help.
  • See Searchpath Module 5 for help with searching the web.


    Step 4. Evaluate


    Evaluate results.

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    Use Evaluating Webpages or the Evaluation Form for help.


    Step 5. Search again and evaluate


    Step 6. Use the Information

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