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BIOL 490 Freeman: Find books

In the research process: BOOKS

1. Explore topic context & primary sources (the open web)
2. Learn the background (library catalog: books)
3. Scholarly conversations (library databases: journal articles)
4. Support your argument (source citation)
5. Rinse, repeat; drafts & revisions (research librarians, writing center)



Using WorldCat Discovery to find books on a research topic

Keywords:  "Dung Beetle"     benefits     biodiversity        monitor     

Start out using a broad-to-narrow keyword search strategy. Use one or two umbrella keywords, and narrow results with additional qualifiers. 

1. "Dung Beetle"  and try phrase searching by wrapping this in quotation marks.

2. Limit to BOOKS  - notice your results are fewer yet more specific to this format.

3. See ebook, and Search Within to find a chapter on "biodiversity monitor.

4. Citation Generator & Permalink

Quick poll

Books are excellent scholarly sources for finding ________ on a topic.
New original research studies: 0 votes (0%)
Background information: 4 votes (100%)
Government information: 0 votes (0%)
Statistical data: 0 votes (0%)
Total Votes: 4

Call Number Locator

Call Number Locator

The call number of a library item is similar to a home address.

Copy and paste any call number you find in WorldCat Discovery to see where it lives in the library.