Chapter 3: Search techniques

Learning Objectives

After completing this chapter, you should be able to…

  • identify basic and more complex search strategies and when to use them,
  • apply common features of finding tools in order to improve your search results,
  • recognize that item records have a specific structure, and that you can use key fields within that structure to strengthen your searching capabilities,
  • interpret citations to find the items they describe, and
  • use library tools and services to get access to materials not available in local collections.


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