What is this searching? The OSU Library Catalog searches for print, electronic and other formats in the OSU Libraries collections. More Search Options >>
What is this searching? The OhioLINK catalog allows searching and requesting of scholarly materials located in the 90+ college and university member libraries around Ohio, plus the State Library of Ohio. More Search Options >>
What is this searching? WorldCat@OSU searches across 7 key databases for books, articles, and more. More Search Options >>
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Searching for books in library catalogs and databases can feel a little different than using Google or another general search engine. Usually, if you are searching for something that has multiple parts or concepts, it is a good idea to break those into keywords using the advanced search function. To get to the advanced search, click on "Books and More" on the library's homepage, then "More Options" under the search bar, then "Use advanced search" under the NEXT search bar.
For instance, a search for books on Native American art in the United States might look like this:
Note that when using keyword phrases, it's a good idea to put quotation marks around your search terms. This will help the search function to understand that you are looking for an entire phrase, rather than separating the terms into two different concepts.
You'll notice once you find a book that looks good to you in the catalog, that the record includes subject headings that look a little different than the keywords you used to conduct your search, but related to them. Most of the time, you can click on those headings and see if there are more books at OSU Libraries with the same subject attached. Some related to Native American art might look like this:
If you click on one, it will show you how many items in the library system also have that subject heading, as well as similar, but slightly different, other subject headings. This can be a really good way to gather relevant resources during the research stage of your paper.