Searching the Catalog
The following is a list of potential key phrases and terms potentially useful for searching in our catalog:
Use these together in searches to limit or expand search results. Try searching with quotations to transform the keywords into a single phrase. Also, try searching subject-indexed searches like the following (copy and paste into the catalog search):
su:College students Mental health services
These are the results you get when you click on the subject headings in the description section of a record. Experiment with the AND/OR/NOT operators to refine results like the following.
Click on the Peer Reviewed option within the catalog to refine to scholarly, academic journal articles.
Try using our Browzine Web feature to search for relevant journals, allowing users to browse articles specific to the publication theme. For example, search for the journal Journal of College Student Development. Users can change volume/issue and browse the articles for this publication.
Welcome to Hackelmeier Memorial Library's Guide to Library Resources. Use this resource page for information on numerous topics related to library sources and services available to the Marian University community. Search below for full-text, electronic articles and physical items we have in the library.
Constructing a Search
As opposed to using general search engines, it is not enough to find scholarly content through basic keyword searches. Library catalog holdings will not be indexed on the open Web, so when searching there are several ways to help retrieve varied and specific results rather than using keywords.
Using index values is a great way to help develop a structured and specific search. Indexes are sections of records that are very specific, having certain standard values that identify certain characteristics of items they represent. The following values can be used to help refine or expand search results based on the index value of a part of the topic/item desired.
Values for Searching:
Boolean Operators are helpful tools to expand or refine multiple keywords in a search. When searching our catalog, it is recommended to capitalize the operators. The operators include:
Useful Index Values
The helpful thing about these indicators is that they can be used creatively or interchangeably in searches to provide a suitably broad or very specific set of results depending on the topic. It is up to the researcher to experiment with terms they come across (both popular and scholarly) in their studies to find the best strategy to get the most relevant results. Click here to find more indicators, indexes and values that could be of use when searching our catalog.