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Library Research Basics: Finding More

This guide will help you to use the library's resources for your research. Learn to find books and articles, evaluate resources, use specific databases, choose a topic, etc. Access documentation and video tutorials to help with the research process

Finding More by Searching Author Name

In scholarly publishing, authors develop a particular area of expertise or area of interest.  Typically, they will author several books and/or articles on a topic.  Search Worldcat and databases by the authors name to see if there is more you can use for your paper.

Let's say I found this great article on Women promoting Peace

reardon article

I can click on the authors name to see if she has written any more on this topic

65 articles by reardon

I find that the library's databases hold 65 articles and books published by Betty Reardon, many of which are on the topic of women and peace.

Watch thie VIDEO to learn how to search for more articles and books by an author.

Find More by Using Related Articles Links

Some databases offer a link to find other articles similar to the one selected.  Look for a link that says - related articles, see similar documents, more like this, find similar results, related citations, etc.

Here's are a few examples of what to look for:

Find More by Mining the References

When you've found a really great article or book on your topic, remember to look at the list of references provided by the author.  Often there will be other books and articles in the list that you may want to find.  If you notice a particular article being referenced in several of your sources, you may have stumbled upon a seminal work on the topic.  It would be a good idea to track it down for your paper as well. Here's an example of an article from a reference list that I might want to track down:

benarjee article

Find More by Using Subject Terms

Most databases allow researchers to utilize subject terms to find other articles or books on a particular topic.  Databases may use different terminology to refer to this concept.  Some examples are - descroptor, subject, subject term, subject thesaurus, topic, and MESH (for medical databases). 

Here are some examples of what to look for: