Encyclopedias, dictionaries, and other reference works provide overviews on various topics, making them valuable resources if you need to introduce yourself to something new or check facts. Give yourself time to consult print reference books while in the library as they cannot be checked out.
These search tips can be used in the library catalog or in the databases:
First, generate a set of terms related to your topic:
photological morphology phylogenic endocrine soma
neurology parasite cytology bionics
Employ the AND operator to narrow your search to results that mention both keywords:
evolution AND genetics will capture items that discuss both concepts.
Use the OR operator to broaden your search by using variants or synonyms of the same keyword:
zoologicalOR zoologic OR faunal
"phylogenic classification" OR "phyletic classification"
The asterisk (*) is a wildcard symbol that is used to catch variants of a word:
neuro* captures items with the keywords that begin with neuro--
It can be placed anywhere in the word or phrase: *neuro captures both psychoneuroimmunology and neuropsychiatry.
Use quotation marks to search for an exact phrase: "biology, experimental" , "developmental biology"
The call number gives the location of the book; it's the book's address. You know the call number, you know where to look.