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LIBS 300: The Liberal Arts in a Contemporary World

Finding Books

Search Omni to find books, journals, videos and other materials owned by the Library.  You can search by keywords, author, title or subject headings.
 
To find a specific known item, search by title or author.  To find books on a topic, either try a subject or keyword search.

Subject Headings vs Keyword Searching

Subject headings allow you to search for resources on a particular author or topic and are often more productive than keyword searches. 

Keyword searches work best if you have multiple concepts or topics and need only a few books. 

For a comprehensive subject search, search with subject headings as well as keywords.

Searching Omni

Start with a keyword search, but expect to revise it. 

Keyword Searching TIPS

 

Search Technique  

What It Does

quotation marks

Searches for exact phrase

Truncation *

Searches for all forms of a word

Boolean operators (AND, OR, NOT)

Lets you broaden or narrow your search

 
To find books on a topic, use a keyword search if you do not know the correct subject heading for a topic. Think of the focus (or key) words that describe your topic, such as:
 

climate
climate change
climate induced migration
climate refugees
climate migrants
displacement
environmental migration
environmental displacement
global warming

Topic: Climate change and migration
 
    "climate change" AND migration
 
Select useful titles and look at the full record for subject headings. Use them to provide more keyword ideas or as individual searches themselves.
 
("climatic changes" OR "global environmental change" OR "global warming") AND migration
 
Examples of subject headings
 
Assisted migration
Climatic changes
Emigration and immigration--Environmental aspects
Global environmental change
Global warming
Global warming--Social aspects