To find books using FrogScholar, select "Library Catalog" from the options on the left:
Search Frog Scholar:
This collection is also called our "Popular Reading Collection." To find these books at TCU, use the words: "Popular Reading Collection" (with the quotes) in the TCU Library Catalog to find books in this collection.
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To find books or articles on your topic at TCU, start with your main ideas. If I were interested in finding information about elections for example, I would try words like:
Use quotes to keep phrases together. For example:
Combine ideas to narrow down your results. For example:
"El Salvador" AND "social movements"
If you know the date of your event, you can add the date into your search. For example:
"Civil Rights" AND "United States" AND 1964
If you want to find books about a certain topic in a particular century, add that century into your search. For example:
"El Salvador" AND politics AND "20th century"
In addition to searching by topic, you can also search by title or author if you know that information.
PROBLEM: No results found!
FIX : Search individual terms (separate with AND) do not use whole sentences.
Good search: children AND obesity
Bad search: children who are overweight
How this works...
Databases search for individual words, not sentences.
PROBLEM: Not enough results found!
FIX : Use a wildcard symbol (*) to increase matches to your keywords.
Example 1: teen*
Example 2: wom*n
How this works…
PROBLEM: Too many results found!
FIX: Use phrase searching to search for an exact person, place or thing related to your topic. Do this by putting quotation marks around words that need to be in a specific order:
Example 1: “Robert William Smith”
Example 2: “Fairview City Park”
Example 3: “California Psychological Inventory”
How this works…