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Graphic Design: Search terms

A guide to resources in the Library and on the Internet for Graphic Design students

Discovery catalogue search tips

There are different ways to search for a book usign 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

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.

 

 

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Referencing your work

Most assignments require you to list the resources you have used for researching a topic and every item used, regardless of format, must be acknowledged. Several referencing styles are used at Box Hill Institute.  It is best to ask your teacher or teaching centre which style they prefer.

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