Introduction to Library Resources
Finding Books and Articles
Research -> Course Gateways -> Select a Course (WRIT 312)
Start in “Biography in Context” to read up on your
Note their name and possible variations
C Darwin, Charles Robert Darwin, CR Darwin
What were your scientist’s affiliations?
What key words are associated with your scientist?
Inventions? Formulas? Field of study?
Are there any specific publications mentioned which
you could look up?
Books or Journals written about or by your scientist
A list of books to help you get started
Search in multiple places
Use specific books titles if you know them
Use name variations
Request books from other USMAI libraries
Interlibrary loan for everything else
Boolean “search connectors”
Stephen Hawking AND Physics
seismoscope OR seismometer
Start with Scopus
Use Author Search to help locate articles written by
Use your keywords to see if there have been articles
written about your author
If you have a specific citation to look up, check the
No luck in Scopus? Try the other databases listed in
the WRIT 312 Course Gateway
Science Direct, Cook OneSearch
If the full text isn’t available look for a Find It button.
Searching the Web
Try different search engines
Limit to .gov or .edu
For example, you can usually search “topic” + .gov
“transmission electron microscope” site:.gov