HOLLIS: Searching Smarter
Just beginning your research? Try books!
Use books (especially handbooks) to:
- Get an overview of a new area or complex topic
- Find out the names of seminal authors in a given area
- Locate terms that you can use in your research
- Help narrow (or expand) your topic
- Locate a bibliography of key sources you should know
Tips for your book search:
- Add handbook* or encyclopedia* to your search terms to find overviews, and identify seminal authors and works
- Use an asterisk (*) to retrieve plurals and other variant endings of words
Ready to look for articles?
- Find the full text of articles in syllabi or reference lists -- just copy and paste the article title!
- Begin research on a new area by typing keywords
- Find articles from across many disciplines
Results too large?
- Add another keyword for better focus
- Refine your results by publication date, subject term, language, etc.
Results too small?
- Try searching a related keyword ("literacy" instead of "reading")
- Click a title that looks good, check the Subject tags in Details, then search those words
Need a more focused education-related article search?
- Try a 3-in-1 Education Articles search: