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Educational Counseling Research Guide: Search Tips

Searching the catalog

Use the Advanced Search option in the library catalog.

Use AND between your terms to get fewer results.
Use OR between your terms to get more results.

Search Tip: Use Subject Terms to Broaden or Narrow your Search

Once you find a book that is relevant for your research, look at the subject terms to get ideas for other terms to use:

Screen shot of catalog record showing subject headings

If you look at the subjects for this book you will see that the subject term for “assessment” in our library catalog is “evaluation.”

If you do this search again and use “Education AND Evaluation” and search by Subject Words, you will get more relevant results for this topic.

You can also click any of the subject links to see the number of books we have on that specific topic. The more terms there are in a subject heading, the fewer books there will be on that specific topic.

Search Tip: Use Truncation

Add the truncation symbol (*) at the end of a word in a keyword search to retrieve variant forms of your search term. Truncation retrieves both the singular and the plural forms of a word in the same search.

For example, if you type in: Teen*
The database will find: teen, teens, teenagers, teenaged, etc.

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