& SUCCESS FINDING INFORMATION!
TECHNIQUES FOR USING THEM WELL
- REFERENCE BOOKS - RHC Library's excellent
reference collection is located on Floor 2. Ask
librarians for help with these.
- CIRCULATING BOOKS
- Located on Floors 3 & 4. Check these out of the
Library for use elsewhere.
- From RHC Library's homepage, click on CATALOG, then
- Start with KEYWORD SEARCHING. Use words and
phrases you think describe the information you want.
From the results list, look at the full description of
items of interest to you and note the SUBJECT
line of the record to see the subject headings
assigned. Click on the subject headings that look
especially relevant; what results is a list of other
items about that same subject.
MAGAZINE, JOURNAL, and NEWSPAPER ARTICLES
- KEYWORDS = Words you think of to describe
information you need.
- SUBJECT HEADINGS = Words and phrases experts
use in respective databases to describe information
about any aspect of human life and interest.
- From RHC Library's homepage, click on
DATABASES. What results is a list of the many
online information systems to which we subscribe. Note
the brief description for each one and that you can
use many of these both on or off-campus.
- ProQuest and SIRS are
good ones to use for finding articles from magazines,
journals, and newspapers.
- Start with KEYWORD searching, get some
results. Click on the titles listed that you feel will
most likely give you information you need. A
full description of the article you clicked on
appears. Note the SUBJECTS (subject headings or
indexing terms) assigned to this article. Now try a
SUBJECT search using these SUBJECTS.
- Use sites that give good, authentic, authoritative,
- Evaluate information you get from Web sites.
However, when you use a Web subject directory some
evaluation has already been done.
- Learn to search the Web well... for example, take a
look at the
- Start with RHC Library's homepage by clicking on
GUIDES or (b) the links
under GUIDES & INSTRUCTION.
- Get help from
WEB SUBJECT DIRECTORIES - like
These lead you to Web sites reviewed and recommended
by experts as giving good, authentic, authoritative,
- Also, try
Guide from UC Berkeley librarians
Created by: Steve Brewster, Librarian
Last updated: 06/22/04