Use the Library Catalogue to find books on your topic. Start with a KEYWORD search using words and phrases that describe your topic.
When you find a book that addresses your topic well, make note of the SUBJECTS assigned to it. They will be useful in finding more information on the same topic. Here are some examples of SUBJECTS that may be useful in your research for this course:
Search the library catalogue for books, audio visual and other materials:
Use the Library Catalogue to do KEYWORD searches using the name of the country you are research, plus words and phrases like "statistics", "economic conditions", and "commerce". You may need to look in the catalogues of larger libraries, like UBC, SFU and the Vancouver Public Library. Remember that you can borrow directly from UBC and SFU libraries using your Douglas College student ID card. Be sure that you have a sticker on your card for the current semester before you go. You'll also be responsible for returning the books to the library from which they were borrowed.
This key resources includes key historical events, population, city profiles, social statistics, information on climate, recent elections, current leaders, defence, international relations, economy, energy and natural resources, industry, international trade, religion, culture, and diplomatic representatives, as well as fact sheets on every country in the world.
The 2017 edition is available at the Reserves Desk at the New Westminster campus on a 2-hour loan for in-library use. Please ask for it by title.
The 2016 edition is available in the Reference Collection on the main floor of the Library at the Coquitlam campus. The call number is: JA 51 S7 2016.
If your initial search brings you TOO FEW articles or even NO articles, have a look at this short video:
1) Check for spelling mistakes. If there are alternate spellings of your search terms, join them with the word "or".
behavior OR behaviour
2) Think of synonyms or related concepts for your topic. Join them with the word "or".
marketing OR advertising
3) Use the truncation symbol * to include variations of a word root.
manag* will find manage, manager, management, etc.
4) When you find an article that addresses your topic well, make note of the SUBJECTS that have been assigned to it. These may lead you to other articles on the same or similar topics.
5) Try a BROADER search term. Instead of shoe stores AND Vancouver try shoe stores AND British Columbia.
If you get TOO MANY articles, try these tricks:
1) Try a narrower or more specific search term. Instead of analysis, use SWOT analysis.
2) Search for phrases enclosed in quotation marks: "market research report"
3) When you find an article that matches your requirements well, look at its SUBJECTS. Use those subjects in your searches, instead of the more general keyword searches.
Adapted from "Super Searching Strategies: saving a Failed Search", Gordon Coleman, SFU Library (Burnaby B.C., Canada). Licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial_ShareAlike 3.0 license. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0