2032 Art & Architecture Building
Tips for Happy Searching
- Keep a running list of search terms.
For example: a watch can also be a:
Use these synonyms in your searches as each database uses it's own terminology.
- Look for ways to broaden or narrow your searches as necessary.
For example: a book about clothing design may contain information about hats. Alternatively, a book about hat design may have information about baseball caps.
- Use the “advanced search” option to construct a more precise search. Limit to specific fields like subject. You can also limit to English-language-only, but remember that, even if you only read English, non-English materials also have great photos.
- Note the locations of print materials. Not everything will be found in the Art, Architecture and Engineering Library. There are some amazing libraries on this campus – explore!
- Once you find something good, browse around! There are almost always good materials nearby that you wouldn’t have found otherwise. Welcome serendipity into your life!
- Save your precious time and contact your field librarian for help and encouragement. Drop in or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.