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that you have read Unit 4 and performed the activities, you should
have a solid understanding of ways to execute effective and efficient
searches. As a brief review, the following list summarizes key information
from this unit:
Analyze your topic to determine key concepts.
controlled vocabulary terms as needed.
Consult a subject heading thesaurus or subject guide (print
or online) to determine possible search terms.
out alternative search terms.
Think about possible synonyms. Look at subject terms and descriptors
in online item records for possible terms. Browse periodical
indexes and abstracts for terms.
searches as needed.
Analyze your search terms and develop a strategy for combining
the terms to enhance the relevance of results. Use refinement
techniques to your best advantage.
each search tool's features.
Read the help tips and experiment with searches to determine
which approaches work best when using a specific search tool.
help when you need it.
Consult with librarians by phone, in person, or online (email
or virtual reference) when you need assistance. Do not hesitate
to ask for help. Ask early and ask often.
time to start applying what you've learned about creating effective
searches by using various techniques in specific search tools, such
as the catalog and databases. The next unit explains the functions
and features of the libraries' online catalog and offers search strategy
tips for using the catalog.
Library Orientation Site Index
5: Finding Books, Media, etc.