The library has a new search tool that allows you do just one search to find books, newspaper articles, journal articles. You can also search for books in our library catalogue and databases to find journal articles, but the Summon tool gives you another option as it searches both at the same time. Caution: Summon does not include databases used when searching for data, statistics and some grey literature.
- Use keywords only, do not search using a full sentence
- Use quotation marks when searching a phrase "Holocaust educatioin"
- Combine keywords for different ideas with AND
- Combine synonyms or similar words for an idea with OR
- Use the * at the end of the root of a word to find all the forms of that word
Results for books and ebooks are often higher in Summon than the Catalogue as Summon is retrieving relevant articles or chapters within books.
If something is available in paper copy in the library Summon will give you the floor location and the call number (which you need in order to find the item on the shelf). If something is available online, click on the "Full-text online" link.
Use the CATALOGUE to find books, government documents, conference proceedings, and journals. Only the titles of journals are included in the catalogue: use the databases to search for individual article titles.
If you know the title of the item you seek, perform a TITLE search.
If you know the author, perform an AUTHOR search. Enter the author's name with the surname first.
Otherwise, try a KEYWORD search.
Use boolean operators AND/OR to create a relevant search statement.
Use the truncation symbol * when you want to allow for several spellings or variations on a word.
Compare the following searches -
holocaust and education - 141 hits
"holocaust education" - 14 hits
Scroll down to see the subject headings.
Example: Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945) -- Study and teaching
For biographies, do a keyword search
holocaust and biograph*
Some relevant subject headings are