The catalogue contains information about all the resources found in the Library and all the resources to which we have access worldwide.  This includes books, government information, maps, video games, documentaries and newspapers.  The catalogue holds information about journal subscriptions, but not about the individual articles found in journals.  Use the journal article databases to find relevant journal articles.

Use whatever information you have to begin a search.  If you know a title, you can perform a title search.  If you know an author, enter the name with the family name first.  Usually one starts with keywords; however, entering keywords and phrases is different from entering search terms in Google.

Join concepts together using AND and OROR allows you to specify synonyms for words, to allow more choice when searching.  For instance, man OR male OR masculine.

Join unrelated concepts together using AND, to narrow the search by requiring that both (or all) concepts be in the results that are returned.  For instance: masculine AND image.

If an expression involves more than one word, enclose the phrase in double quotation marks.  For instance, "popular culture".

You can also express words with similar roots using truncation.  State the root of the word and allow it to end with an asterisk (*).  For instance, masculin* can stand for the expression, masculine OR masculinity OR masculinities.

You can combine AND and OR in advanced expressions.  For instance, masculin* AND "popular culture" AND (self OR identity).

For more help, consult the Boolean keyword help in the catalogue or the help pages in individual databases.

Content last reviewed: June 28, 2018