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The search box on the Library Website <> allows you to search books, ebooks, videos and articles simultaneously (the everything search tab), then narrow your results to a specific source type, or you can search for specific source types by using the Books/Media tab or the Articles tab.


  • Search for books, ebooks and videos using the Books/Media tab on the SUNY Broome Library website.
  • Use broader terms if more specific terms are not giving you any results.
  • Select "Other Libraries" on the drop-down search type to search more libraries.
  • Use the Get It button to request a book through Interlibray loan, if it is not availlable at the SUNY Broome Library.
  • How to Find a Book  tutorial

Finding Articles

  • Select the Articles tab to search for articles from scholarly (peer-reviewed) journals, magazines or newspapers. 
  • Click Available Online  to link to full-text in another database, or Get It to request the article through Interlibrary loan.
  • How to Find an Article  tutorial

Search Tips

  • Use quotation marks for phrase searching: "chinese festivals"
  • Use the wildcard symbol (?) within a word to find variations in spelling (wom?n will find woman and women)
  • Use the truncation symbol (*) to find alternative endings: japan* will find japanese or japan
  • Use the operator AND to narrow your search, OR to broaden your search
  • Use parentheses to group terms with multiple operators: China AND (holidays OR festivals)
  • On the detail record (the page that comes up when you click on the article title):
    • note that the article is not an editorial or book review

Other Places to Search



Finding Reliable Websites

  • Who is posting this information?
    • If there is personal author, does he or she have a degree in the field?
    • If it is an organization, check the About Us link to see if the organization has any bias.
  • When was the information posted or last updated?
  • Are there references listed?
  • How comprehensive is the information? Is it objective or is it biased?
  • Limit your seach to sites with .edu or .gov in the url.

Citation Styles


  • Librarians are available to help you in the Reference area of the Library during the hours the library is open.
  • SUNY Broome Library  Phone, email or chat reference is available.
  • Writing Center


Karen Pitcher     9/14/15; rev. 9/17/19 

Office: LI-109