The most important part of a successful search is what words you type into the search box. So before you start searching, brainstorm a list of terms to search. As you do, ask yourself:
These questions can help you think of more search terms.
As you search, you will come across relevant information that uses other terms. Write these down too and try incorporating them into your searches.
Be aware that, whether consciously or unconsciously, during the search process you are constantly evaluating the information you find – so think about how you’ll evaluate sources before you start searching. (See ‘Evaluate.’) Be aware that you’re unlikely to find 3 sources that fit your exact topic. Instead you will find information that is relevant to some aspects of your essay, but not others. That's ok - your job is to take the relevant information out of those sources and synthesize it in your own essay.
Type some of the search terms you identified (see Think) into the search box on the libraries' homepage. This will take you to a search results page. Sign In with your UMNetID and password (you’ll be redirected back to your search results).
Tip: Scroll through and identify relevant results. Click the pin icon beside any title, and it will be saved to your e-shelf to find more easily later.
Tip: Click ‘Details’ under a search result to learn more about it. This will help you determine if it’s relevant.
Look at the column on the left for ‘filters’ that will limit your results by date, format, or other criteria.
Once you have found something of interest and signed in with your UMNetID:
If you already know the name of a book or article and just need to access it, type the title in the search bar, find it in the results, and follow directions above.
Think critically about how relevant and credible a source is.Your assignment also requires that sources are ‘current’ and ‘academic.’