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Setting Up and Marketing a Small Business for Design Students: Searching & Using Information

This Library Guide contains information about resources in the Library and on the Internet about Small Business.

Starting the process

  • Before you start, do some thinking.  Look at the assignment your teacher has given you and underline the important words.
  • On a piece of paper, write out the main ideas that you want to investigate.  A mindmap could be a help.
  • Try to make a list of keywords that you can use.

Take your keywords and try to think of:

  • synonyms and similar words or phrases
  • alternate spellings (watch out for US spellings)

Here's an example:  If you were searching for information on "Effective management of new recruits" you could also search using these terms:

  • success or successful/efficient                         
  • staff/employee

Your search will be more effective if you also use:

  • broader and narrower terms

Some examples of these for a search on "Effective management of new recruits" are:

  • communication/supervision/induction
  • personnel management/human resource management/management

Discovery catalogue search tips

There are different ways to search for a book using the Discovery catalogue

  • the title of the book
  • the name of the author/s
  • keywords - words or phrases
  • subject headings - words or phrases used to describe the subject content of a book, DVD or CD

Sometimes you will find using these helpful.  For example if you are looking for a book called "On the Surface: Thread, Embellishment, & Fabric Manipulation" and you search for the words 'on the surface' using the default setting of keyword anywhere you will get 99 results (five pages to scroll through).  If you use the words 'on the surface' and select title, you will only have 37 titles (two pages) to look through to find the book you want.

Some tips

Use quotation marks to search for a phrase

"global warming"

Use ? to match a single character globali?ation will match:

· globalisation and

· Globalization


Use # to match one or no character

colo#r will match:

· color and

· Colour


Use * to match different word endings

communicat* will match:

· communicating

· communication

communicated etc.

Limit your results

      Catalogue only—tick to see only   books on shelf or eBooks

Full Text – tick to limit results to

articles with full text available from databases


Publication date – slide to search for articles only within a specified date range.


Author – Enter an author's name to limit your search to items by a     particular author.


Title – Enter an article title or words from a title to limit your search to  only items that match that title.



Truncation is represented by an asterisk (*). To use truncation, enter the root of a search term and replace the ending with an *. EDS finds all forms of that word.

For example, type comput* to find the words computer or computing.

Note: The Truncation symbol (*) may also be used between words to match any word.

For example, a midsummer * dream will return results that contain the exact phrase, a midsummer night’s dream.



Acknowledging your sources

The Harvard Referencing style is one format you can use for your "in text quotes" and to create your Bibliography or Reference list

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