Frequently Used Resources
If you need personal assistance finding information for your assignment, please contact your CGTC Library Staff for help. If you are unable to come to the library, we can assist you over the phone or through email.
Choosing Search Terms
1) Choose your search terms based on your topic. You can start your searching using keywords and subjects. For example, if we needed information on economic policy during the Great Depression, the following search terms or keywords would be helpfull:
- United States and Great Depression and economic policy
- Great Depression and the New Deal
- depression and economic policy
- Franklin Roosevelt and economic policy
2) Be specific. The more specific your keywords are, the better your results list will be. Searching for "The New Deal" will bring up more specific information than just "economic policy".
3) Use synonyms and related words. Different authors may use different words for the same topic. Using our example above, you could change the word "economic" to "fiscal" or "financial".
Tips for Finding the Right Information
Using broad search terms (like "Aristotle" or "federal reserve") will return a large number of articles. To narrow your results, you can use the following tips to narrow your results list:
- Scholarly or Peer-Reviewed Articles: When looking for research articles, you may want to limit your search to scholarly or peer-reviewed journals, depending on your topic. You should find a check box or setting on the page with your search results that will show only these types of articles.
- Date: Consider your topic. You may only need articles written during a certain timeframe. If you need articles written in the last five years, five days, or only in the 1980s - look for the option to limit your articles by date.
- Add keywords: The more keywords you use the better your results will be. Add additional words using connecting words like "and" to the search box. Some example searches would be "hairstyles and 1960s", "Aristotle and women" or "economics and United States and 1812".