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RS 320: East Comes West/West Turns East: Get Started

About This Guide

This Guide was constructed for RS320, Winter 2012, and updated Fall 2012.

Library Links

Key Library website links:

Searching Techniques - Examples

Your Library Card

Your WATCard is your Library card. Use it to borrow books from uWaterloo and other University Libraries as well as to remotely access the uWaterloo Library's electronic resources.

Remote Access to Electronic Resources at the uWaterloo Library

To access the Library's electronic resources (Research Databases, E-Journals, E-Books, etc.):

Basic Searching Techniques

  • Choose an appropriate resource
    • Books
    • Articles
      • Research Databases
      • Specific Journals
    • Primary Sources
  • Break down your topic
    • imagine the title of the ideal book or magazine article
    • identify the key concepts
    • think of synonyms or alternate words for each of the key concepts
  • Use appropriate searching techniques
    • boolean operators (and, or, not)
    • phrase searching
    • truncation/wildcard symbols
    • field searching
    • setting limits
    • refining your search (using subject headings/descriptors and other terminology)

Subject Guide

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Sandra Keys
Dana Porter Library
Information Services & Resources (ISR)