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Library Boxes: Tips & Text Tutorials

Search Tips (Books)

  • Keep your keyword searches simple!
  • Be sure to write down the complete "call number" of any book you may want to check out. The call number is how you can find it in the library's stacks.
  • When you find a good book or article, look at the references they listed to see if there are any that would be helpful for research. You can search by "Title" to see if Cincinnati State owns a copy, or...
  • If a book you want is unavailable, click the Search OhioLINK button to see if another Ohio library has it.
  • Make sure you have your Surge card on you when you visit the library...that's your library card!

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Search Tips: Articles

“And”, “Or”, “Not”(Boolean Operators): Use the words to narrow or expand your search results. For Example:

  • “Morrison” AND “symbolism” will return results that contain BOTH of the terms.
  • ”criticism” OR “review” OR “interpretation” will return results that contain at least one of the terms. Useful for words with similar meanings.
  • ”cinderella” NOT “rock band” will return results that do NOT include the 1980’s rock band, Cinderella.

Truncate using the asterisk (hold the Shift key & the 8 key at the same time) to get results that include all possible endings of a root word. Fo example:

  • "symbol*" will retrieve symbol, symbolizes, symbolism, etc.
  • "devia*" will retrieve deviates, deviant, deviance, etc.

Brainstorm words or concepts that are similar in meaning and use those as search terms. If you find a good resource, look at the “Subject Headings” or “Descriptors” listed and use those as additional search terms.

Bibliographies/References/Works Cited pages are great ways to find additional resources. You can search by title in the library’s Catalogs and/or Databases.

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Johnnie Mae Berry Library

Phone: 513.569.1606
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Berry Library • Room 170 Main Building • 3520 Central Parkway, Cincinnati, OH 45223-2690

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