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FYS 100 (15): The Search for the Self: Finding Books

Finding Books in Boatwright Library

To search for books in Boatwright, use the UR Library Catalog . When dealing with a topic that can be used in many fields it is best to add a second word that describes your area of interest.  for example, "self" and "psychology".  Start with a keyword search and when you have found one or two relevant books, examine their subjects headings to help guide further searching, or use terms from the table of subject headings to the left.  Remember that books are generally on broad topics and that you are not searching the full text, only the titles, subject headings, and--if you're lucky--the table of contents.

If you have fairly specific terms to describe your topic, Onesearch can be useful, especially because it will search the full text of the electronic books.  But use the catalog first; it's much more managable.

Other ways to Identify Books

You can also find relevant books by using Worldcat, a large national catalog of books; by searching Google Books or Google Scholar; and by searching our Ebsco  and Ebrary e-book databases.