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Library Research for CEDC: Plan

Choose Your Topic

The best way to get started on a great paper is to have a great topic!  Spend some time choosing a topic that interests you, with lots of published information.  Need help?  Seek out a librarian!

Find Books/eBooks

Check the Research 1 tab (above) to find Books and eBooks on your topic

Choose a Database

After you have found some books on your topic, start thinking about articles.  Check the Research 1 tab (above) for lists of databases.  Choose one that best matches your topic.

Search Basics for Print or eBooks

Start with a Simple Keyword Search

  • Connect related terms with the word or to get more results

(measure or metric)

  • Use an asterisk * to find varied word endings: 

mitigat* finds mitigate, mitigates, mitigation, etc

  • Use quotation marks to keep phrases together:

"water supply"

  • Look at full records to discover standard search terms:

Climatic changes

Climatic changes -- Health aspects

Global warming

Global warming -- Health aspects

Greenhouse effect, Atmospheric

Note the use of the word "climatic" instead of "climate"


Keyword Search Tips

Keyword searching (generally) is best for finding articles on a topic

If you get too many, try limiting to a particular subject - see the list of subject links on the side of the screen. 

Use the same tricks that find books in the catalog:

  • connect synonyms with the word or to get more

 (flood or drought)

  • combine keywords or phrases with the word and to limit and focus your results:

disease and risk

  • put quotes around phrases "climate change"
  • truncate terms to get all possible endings

environment*  (finds environment, environmental, etc.)

Put it all together:

"climate change" and (flood or drought) and health*

  • if your first search isn't great, revise it until it is!

Engineering Librarian

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Jan Comfort
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