How to search Strathclyde University Library resources
During each search:-
- Before you start searching:-
Search for full-text articles available online:-
Search for print articles available online as
Search for books (most likely) only available in
print form. Try:-
- be aware that each source/database is different - read
any help material or tutorial before searching
- it is vital to determine the best word or phrase to
search for the topic you want - be prepared to experiment!
- you may think about your search words/phrases in terms
- synonyms - using alternatives with the same meaning
(e.g. automobile also means car)
- broader/narrow terms - using more general/specific
alternatives (e.g. all cars are vehicles, types of car are Ford, estate
- truncation - retrieves words based on a root (e.g.
comput* for computer, computing etc)
- Boolean OR - retrieves if any term present (e.g.
information OR systems)
- Boolean AND - retrieves if both terms present (e.g.
information AND systems)
- phrase searching - retrieves only if exact phrase
present (e.g. "information systems")
- alternatively start with a 'seed' (known relevant item)
and use its author/title word(s)/subject word(s) as search terms
- do not forget to limit searches by date (most recent) and
- save search results e,g, by emailing yourself lists of