Library Search provides access to articles and all the books and resources of McIntyre Library and the UW System.
Use the arrows below to progress through the guide, or use the Table of Contents menu above to jump ahead to the section you need.
First, identify your search terms.
Type your search terms in the search box. If you are searching for a phrase, put quotation marks around it:
Try it: “Dirty Bombs” Iraq
Then hit search.
Start with fewer keywords, and add more as you go if you need to narrow down your results.
Find a book:
Try it: Alexander New Jim Crow
(author + book title)
Try it: Star Wars Ford (movie title + actor last name)
Try it: Thompson Micro-ethics (author name + part of title)
Social media and the Arab Spring.
Try it: Search these topics using the terms in bold.
Brainstorm related terms:
Now make a list of the terms related to the important words you identified.
Social media and the Arab Spring:
Let’s find some articles about national security in the United States.
Try it: In the search box, enter: “national security”
Sometimes a search does not give us as many results as we expect. Here are some reasons:
natoinal securty instead of national security.
Example: you only get very few results when you search for national security united states surveillance social media phone companies.
If you see a “Multiple Versions” icon in your results list, several items with the same title have been grouped together. Click on the title to see the items.
Many items in your results list will appear with colored dots.
means the item is available, either to view online or to check out from McIntyre Library.
means that the item is not available on campus, but can be requested from another UW campus.
mean an item can be requested using Interlibrary Loan (ILL)
If a source is available to view online, click the item’s title or the View It link to see the full text.
Do you see "No Full-text" for an article?
Is your book or DVD available at another UW library?
Send yourself a search result:
Do you have too many?
Look at Topic words listed on the left of your result list.
Do your results match what you were hoping to find? If not, examine your keywords:
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