many databases provide autocite features. look for a “cite” link in a “tools” box on either the right hand side of the screen or the top of the screen on the “item record” page. there may also be citation information at the bottom of the item page or webpage.
step 2: using citation generators
these sites will generate your citation for you in the documentation style of your choosing. students are responsible for verifying and correcting potential formating issues.
“and” means you want results with both terms present
example: apples and oranges brings up only results with both apples and oranges in the result.
“or” means you want results with either one term or the other.
example: apples or oranges brings up results with either apples or oranges.
“not” means you want results with one word, but not containing another
example: “gulf of mexico” not oil, will bring up results regarding the “gulf of mexico”, but exclude all results that include the word “oil”
removing “the”, “a”, or “an” from the beginning of title searches
words like “the”, “a”, or “an” are considered nonsense words that, if included in the cataloging of a title, would place that title in a different alphabetical location. for this reason, they are not included and should be excluded from search functions.
use subject searches
subject searches are library of congress subject designations. use of these pre-designated search terms can increase speed and accuracy of searching.
subject term links are found in the computer record for the item, or may be browsed through the subject search function in the catalog