The search box on the Library Website <http://www.sunybroome.edu/library> 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
- 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
- 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
- Academic Search Complete searches for articles from many subject areas
- CQ Researcher articles on controversial topics
- Opposing Viewpoints in Context pro-con viewpoint essays
- Gale Virtual Reference Library electronic encyclopedias
- Statista statistics and graphs
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.
- 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