"Have you heard? 'Bird' is the word...", but not always. It could be 'avian' or 'prothonotory warbler' or 'Passerculus sandwichensis'. There is no one right way to search. You often need to be creative and persistent. Below you'll find tips on how to brainstorm keywords and develop search strategies. You will find more tips in the Library Skills Tutorials.
In addition to the library's main academic search tool, Omni, there are subject specific indexes that can be used to find scholarly articles. If you need to do a more controlled and focused search, try one of these (e.g. Web of Science, Medline, etc.) (. Knowledge of keyword searching strategies is useful for these databases.
Keyword searching - With a keyword search you look for a word, no matter where that word appears. If you like, you can specify that the word be in a particular field (e.g. the title, author, or subject), but it can be in any position (beginning, middle, or end).
Concept 1: Song OR vocalization OR call OR sound OR dialect
Concept 2: Savannah Sparrow OR Passerculus sandwichensis OR Ipswich Sparrow (subspecies) OR
Passerculus sandwichenesis princeps (subspecies) OR Emerizidae (family)
Concept 3: Southwestern Ontario OR London OR Ontario OR Canada or Canadian OR North America(n)
Refining your results
Getting the Full-Text
When using the default search in Omni, most everything you find will be available online. There will be a link "Available Online" below the citation in the results.
When using a more specific database to which we subscribe (e.g. Web of Science), not everything will be available full-text, online. Unlike Omni, these databases are not unique to Trent.
If you do not see a Full-Text link, this does not always mean we don't have the article. It may be available from another source. In this case, to determine if Trent has the full-text of an article, click on the GetIt!Trent icon. This icon can be seen near each citation in a database.
Note: If you see the notation below a citation, “ Trent Library does not have this journal”, please ignore as it is not always accurate. GetIt! Trent will be able to better tell you if we have the journal.
If an article is not available, you can request an InterLibrary Loan (ILL) through RACER. Keep in mind articles via ILL are not available overnight, so this service is only useful if you have enough time to receive the article before your project is due. We recommend that you allow 7-10 days. For more information and to register for an account please go to the RACER web site.
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