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HIS 100: Skills and Methods

Prepare for Searches

OVERVIEW

The Library is not just a building with books. It's a digital space with online holdings. It's a network of libraries, who loan books and articles to one another (especially useful for libraries with small budgets and buildings).

STEPS TO PREPARE FOR SEARCHES

  1. How to sign on to databases
  2. How to access PDF attachments and more
  3. How to improve your research ideas and search words

Step 1. Signing on. To Search the resources and databases linked on this guide from your laptop, you'll need to enter your CRUZ ID and Gold Password when prompted. You can go a step further and install the campus VPN for more reliable access. We need to login so that we can access PDF attachments and ebook from behind the paywall.


Step 2. Accessing PDF attachments and more

  •  UC-eLinks shows up in databases that only describe the sources (these usually only include citations and abstracts). Use it to find PDF attachments of articles, links to ebooks, or information about print books on the shelf in a library. A Request It option lets you request PDF attachments or print books from the shelves of other libraries. 

Step 3. Improving your research ideas and search words

These short tutorials prepare you for online searches by working through the search terms and keywords you might use (Video I) and by mapping all the ideas and questions you have for a clearer sense of what you're searching for (Video II).

VIDEO I: DEVELOPING KEYWORDS FOR SEARCHES
VIDEO II: MAP YOUR RESEARCH IDEAS/QUESTIONS