Searching PHS’s Catalog & Databases & the Internet.
Basic Research:-Try using the encyclopedias for beginning research on a topic for background information-When using subject encyclopedias and books/reference materials that include a lot of general information look for the table of contents or the index, in the back or front of the book to help locate your specific topic or keyword
For example, if you are searching for a person or event and cannot find it, try searching the keyword that is the UMBRELLA for the person or event you are trying to find. Cannot find Bill Gates in our database? Try inventions or computers and we are sure to have books on that topic with Bill Gates in it.
What is a Boolean Search/Operator?
AND example: Portland and Oregon
OR example: liberal or democrat (like synonyms)
NOT example: Oregon not travel
New York Times Google Search-
NYT uses the Google search engine to search their own site, not outside the NYT site www.nytimes.com
The Google search allows more results, boolean searching, book searches, scholar (journal articles), patents, images, blog searches etc. And the results pages are collected by popularity
--100s of factors such as the ones mentioned above are included in the Google searching
Primary Sources-Information/documents created during the time period the event occurred or the person livedExamples: legal documents, speeches, diaries, interviews, etc.
*Ebscohost most other databases have Primary Sources and many public and academic libraries have these sources or access to them as well
We have access to 17 databases! Plus eBooks!
University Libraries of University of Maryland