8.2 Keyword searching in the catalogue

The best place to start when looking for books is with the Keyword search in the online catalogue. Keyword searching allows you to enter your own words - the key concepts that you have identified for your topic. Subject searching is not the best way to start, as you do need to know the correct subject heading for your topic.

Once you have identified relevant books from your keyword search, you can then follow the links (subject headings) to find more books on the same topic.

With Advanced Keyword searching you can use the Boolean operators and truncation symbols that you learned about in Research Planning and Strategy (4 - 6).

Watch this short video showing how to use Advanced Search.

Once you have finished come back to try the self-test!