Most databases, whether they are a library catalogue or a specialized database, allow you to search for books, journal articles, and more, with a single search. You can then narrow your results with filters, or more advanced search options.
Developing a good search strategy is important
- what is your assignment?
- what is the main topic?
- what aspect of the topic is of interest to you?
- who has an interest in that topic?
- what other language might they be using to talk about that topic? do they spell it differently?
- when was it relevant? is it a new idea, or a long standing issue?
- what other factors play into your issue? climate, population, government, geography, etc.
- and each new discover may mean you need to restart your search process
- Electric car AND subsid*
- Boolean operators must be all caps - AND/OR will narrow or expand your results
- quotes will keep the words together
- the * will look for alternate endings
- add AND Canada
- add filters:
- Add resources beyond Carleton's collection' to broaden your results
- Peer-reviewed journals
- Subjects … governments or energy policy or energy efficiency, etc.
- Publication date
Some tips for searching in Omni:
- Remember that Interlibrary Loans are quick and efficient for retrieving material we don't hold
- We are still in the early stages with the new system - if your results are glitchy, do them again, clear your cache and redo the search, get in touch to see if it is a bigger problem
- right click on title and 'open link in new tab (or window)' to avoid pop up window
- within search results, when scrolling through pages - time out is 30 minutes of inactivity, then resets to first page
Suggested reference resources:
- Sage Encyclopedia of Social Science Research Methods
- Qualitative research methods for the social sciences
- Sage dictionary of qualitative inquiry