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Synonyms & Keywords in Searching
When it comes to searching library catalogs and databases, you'll want to be sure you're using multiple keywords, related terms, and synonyms. Using only a couple search terms will limit what you find. The best way to search, especially article databases, is to search multiple terms in multiple combinations in multiple databases. It's a lot of searching! But it will be worth it, as you'll find more trustworthy and academic resources via the library than you will on the open web.
Library Quick Searches
Search Summon, CONSORT and OhioLINK for books and other materials containing information about your topic. Requested items within those catalogs will be delivered to the Circulation desk in 3-5 days. If you cannot find what you need on those catalogs, try WorldCat (but remember that you will need to fill an Interlibrary Loan form when requesting from WorldCat).
Search OhioLINK (Catalog of over 100 academic libraries in the state of Ohio)
A keyword search retrieves
any and all occurrences of a given word or combination of words, whether the
words appear in the subject headings, title, or descrioption of the article
Advantage: A keyword search expands the search to all occurrences of a given
word or combination of words.
Disadvantage: A keyword search may retrieve much more than you want.
A subject search searches the subject
headings assigned to articles and books. Subject headings are very specific
terms and phrases used by libraries to describe what a book or article is
about. In order to have these terms and phrases be consistent, most libraries
use subject headings defined by the Library of Congress. A subject search
limits your search to an exact word or an exact combination of words assigned
to a given article or book as subject headings.
Advantage: A subject search retrieves exactly what you ask for.
Disadvantage: A subject search limits you to only what you ask for.
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