Be specific for best results, e.g. photography during the civil war, not just civil war.
After entering a search, use the facets on the left to narrow the results:
Expanding your search
Mark the facet on the left labeled "Add results beyond your library's collection" to search more places and include items not found in FAU Libraries. For items not available in the FAU Libraries collections, click on the title and scroll down to "Request document through ILLiad" to place an interlibrary loan request for the item (Pre-registration required to use this service).
Do you dread having to work on a research project? It really isn't that bad if you have a planned search strategy before you begin. See the tutorial below to help get you started!
Upload the handout to get yours started!
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.
Global warming: climate change, ice melting, El Niño, La Niña
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!
Download a Blank Search Strategy template in MS Word.