Search Tips for Challenging Topics
Some areas of research are more challenging than others to investigate with a literature search. General tips include:
- Broaden your topic with the “or” Boolean operator.
- Ask yourself, “Who cares?” – government agencies, associations, NGOs, schools, think tanks & centers, conferences
- Check alternative terms and spellings, especially for international topics/research or topics that have had terms modify through time (names of species, for example)
- Are there specialized databases?
- Check other libraries
Does Olin own a resource? If not, how do I get a copy?
If you have a citation to a journal article or book and are unsure if Olin owns the resource, here are some tips.
For a journal article, head to the library home page. Click on Journals in the upper left portion of the page. In the [Browse From] box input the journal title, excluding start words such as "the." Look at the results. Your title may be included in more than one database or resource. Check the dates of the article you want, and choose a database that includes the correct date. This step will bring you to the database or resource. From here you must navigate to the correct title/volume/issue.
If your journal, or the correct journal date, is not included in Olin's collections, you will need to complete an Interlibrary Loan Form. Please allow up to a week for journal articles to reach you.
For a book, head to the library home page. In the catalog search at the top of the page, input your book title or keywords. Physical & electronic books as well as digital media and government documents may be search here. If Olin does not own a title, you will need to complete an Interlibrary Loan Form. Please allow up to two weeks for books to reach you.