|Why||for finding broad, more comprehensive information on your topic|
|Where||books can be found by searching our catalog and our e-books page. They can be print and electronic. Print books are located on the fourth (A-G), third (H-S), and second (S-Z) floors in the library; online books are accessed through our library catalog.|
|How||begin with a broad search in the library catalog. Use key terms, boolean operators, and limiters to narrow your search|
Subject areas to browse
|Costume. Dress. Fashion||GT500-2370|
|Textile Industries. Textile Fibers||HD9850-9939|
|Promotions, Merchandising, Marketing||HF5410-5417.5|
|Clothing manufacture. Dressmaking. Tailoring.||TT410-695|
Keyword Searching: To successfully search for information on your topic, it is best to determine the main concepts and then find keywords for those concepts. The keywords can become your search words. In general, you should search library databases with 2-3 keywords, rather than your whole topic question or a sentence. To get the most relevant results try boolean searching.
Constructing Searches: Make sure to experiment with different keywords and use boolean searching to narrow and expand your results.
Example Search Phrases:
Searches can also be narrowed by adding a time period, location, and/or additional keywords.
Limiting Search Results: Once the initial search returns a list of resources, use the search limiters on the left margin to narrow your search results by: location, subject heading (thesaurus term), or type of publication (try "Book").