Top search box on CPLA Virtual Library Homepage
Good for searching a wide number of resources at once.
Not the best tool for specific subjects.
The main search engine for finding books, journal articles, & databases.
Great for finding a specific article. DOI: Digital Object Identifier:
A persistent link that will lead to a stable version of a document.
Use keyword combinations rather than specific phrases
Academic databases often don’t behave like Google, where the results become more refined with larger search terms. You will often want to use a few keywords related to your article and then filter search results using the different tools available.
AND: shrinks search results
OR: expands search results
NOT: Excludes following keyword(s)
Quotation Marks – use to expand keywords to phrases.
i.e. “Natural Resources” will look for articles that mention the words together, where a search of Natural Resources without quotes will often search for “Natural” OR “Resources” separately.
LibGuides are a widely-used resource for aggregating subject-specific information and educating library-users on different resources available.
Obtain scanned copies of chapters or other print materials from libraries around the U.S.
Not used for articles from other institutions.