Brainstorming: Search for guides and handbooks on professional/vocational skills as a whole to get brainstorm topics. Keep this kind of search broad, using terms like career skills, professional skills, job searching, etc. Avoid full phrases like, "how to find a job" or "what skills do you need for a marketing analyst position".
Targeted research: Once you've narrowed down the skill(s) you'll focus on, try searching for articles and books specific to that skill. If you need to broaden your search (too few search results), play around with synonyms and other words/phrases that hint at the skill you've identified. If your results aren't targeted enough, be more specific with your skills or the strategies you'll recommend to develop them.
Refer to the General Search Strategies tab for information on keywords and search phrase construction!
Search options & filters
Catalog: Use the filters on the left-hand side of the page to trim down your search results.
Databases: Filters will differ slightly depending on the database. Most offer Search Options (edit these before you hit search), as well as results filters (available once you view the search results list).
For a list of recommended article databases, see the box "Library Databases with Scholarly Articles" to the right (or the bottom of the page, if on a mobile device).
To search certain databases at once, use the SU Libraries Quick Search. Once you find an article, check the publication date, then use the Find It button to access it through one of our databases. Make sure you select a database whose access includes the publication date of your article.
If you find an article with no full-text available, first double-check our print holdings of the journal. See the "Print Access" summary below.
If we do not have print access, request access to the article through InterLibrary Loan (see link below). Article requests take 1-3 business days.
To find articles in print, search a journal by name (for a recommended list, see the "Browse journals for articles" tab) in the SU Libraries Quick Search. Select a journal and check our holdings under "Find a copy in the library". If a record exists, check the date range provided in the "Status" column and compare it against the date your article was published (or, if you're just browsing, simply make sure we have recent issues available). If the date range is open-ended (e.g., 2002- ), that means we currently subscribe to the journal and should have the most recent issue.
If you have a specific journal in mind, look up SU Libraries' holdings or online access.
For online access, use the search box below or the search field on the library homepage. If using the library home page search, once you find the journal, open its page and use the Find It button to select an access method. Be sure to select a database that has the most recent holdings available (e.g., Vol. 39 Issue 1 through present; 1999 to 12 months ago).
For print access, use the library homepage search box. Once you locate the journal, open its page and scroll down to "Find a copy in the library." If a record exists, refer to the date range provided under the "Status" column to check our holdings. If a date range is open-ended (e.g., 2002- ), this means we currently subscribe and should have the most recent available issue. For locating journals, refer to the library map information on the previous tab ("Locating articles online and in print").
These are online resources, accessible on or off campus using your SU username and password.
Refer to the search strategies in this guide (both on this page and under General Search Strategies) when using these databases.
When browsing search results, if the full-text PDF of an article is not immediately available, use the yellow Find It button to see if we have access elsewhere. If we don't have access, you can still request it through InterLibrary Loan! (See more information on ILL under Access and Read Articles to the left).
Pro tip: You can actually search across multiple EBSCO databases (e.g., Business Source Complete, PsycINFO, and more) at once. To do so, open one of the EBSCO databases (e.g., Business Source Complete, PsycINFO) and click on "Choose Databases" (above the search fields). Select ones from this list that seem appropriate. Several newer ones are at the very bottom of the list. Don't select ALL databases, as it will seriously slow down the processor!
Refer to the General Search Strategies page for brainstorming search terms. Keep your search broad to begin with (1-3 words that describe your topic). Use the SU Libraries Quick Search below (also located on the SU Libraries home page).
Refer to the Locate Books details further down this page to determine where certain collections (Reference, Ready Reference, Folio Books, etc.) are located in the library.
If you need help accessing/downloading an eBook, refer to this page or contact your librarian.
Most eBooks are searchable through the SU Libraries Quick Search, just as with our print collection. Filter results by Format (under Book -> eBook) on the left side of the results page.
Use the Find It button or one of the database links listed underneath the Find It button to find full-text access
If you would prefer to browse for books on a shelf, here are some recommended call number ranges for you.
HD 28 - HD 70: Management
HF 5387: Business ethics
HF 5389: Business, office etiquette
HF 5410+ Marketing
HF 5438 Selling
HF 5801+ Advertising
HF 5549.A2 - HF 5549.5.T8: Personnel, employment management
HM Social psychology
Both of these titles are eBooks with 3 user limits, meaning only 3 people can be viewing or have downloaded each title at any given time. Because of this restriction, you can only "borrow" each title for 1-2 weeks at a time.
The location of books should be listed in the item record under "Find a copy in the library". Location information is listed in the first column of each table, as shown in this screenshot. Below are possible Locations associated with Salisbury University Libraries.
SU Guerrieri Academic Commons...
SU Curriculum Resource Center...