Creating a search strategy helps researchers in many ways:
These are the main steps in creating a search strategy:
1. Define your topic in a complete phrase or sentence.
What is global warming, what is its cause and how can we control it?
2. Circle the keywords in your sentence.
global warming, cause, control
3. Generate synonyms for the keywords listed in #2.
Cause: reason, basis, explanation, source, origin
Control: manage, cope with, deal with, organize, direct, oversee
4. List the requirements for your articles (do they need to be scholarly, current within a certain number of years, or have other requirements?).
This assignment requires that articles not be older than 5 years old, must be from peer-reviewed article, and each must be at least 3 pages long.
5. Try some searches!
UBorrow is a loan service that allows FAU students, faculty, and staff to directly request materials from participating libraries within Florida's state University/College library system. Currently, you can only request books via UBorrow.
How to Use UBorrow
When searching the FAU Library Catalog, click on the blue UBorrow link towards the top right corner of the search results page.
This will take you to the State University/College Libraries catalog, showing all the available items within Florida's university/college system.
If you want an item, click on the UBorrow icon below the book title, then provide your Owl Card number, and select where you want to pick up your book.
You will receive an email in a few days letting you know that your book is ready for you to pick up at the Service Desk at the library.
Interlibrary loan (ILL) is a service provided by the FAU Libraries to further the scholarly research of Florida Atlantic University's faculty, students and staff by obtaining library materials unavailable at our library.
The Boca Raton, Jupiter, SeaTech, and Harbor Branch campuses use the ILLiad system to request interlibrary and intralibrary loan requests.