As you work on your paper and presentation, keep the following tips in mind when searching library catalogs for books and research databases for journal, magazine, or newspaper articles:
Using more search terms will find fewer, more specific results.
For example, “wolves” finds more articles than “wolves and moose”, but not as many of the articles will be relevant to your topic if you want to know specifically how wolf predation affects moose populations.
Specific vs. general terms.
If you are getting thousands of results, you may need to add more search terms, or use more specific terms.
If you are not getting enough results, you may need to use fewer search terms or broader search terms. Or, use an "asterisked" term, such as "ecolog*" to search variations of the term. For example, "ecolog*" will find "ecology", "ecologic", "ecological", "ecologically", and "ecologist".
When trying to access an e-book or a journal article from off campus, you will be automatically asked for your Last Name, UMID, and library PIN (see image). If you do not already have a library password (PIN), log in with your last name and 8-digit UMID (leave the library password (PIN) field blank). You will then need to enter your log in information once more to create and verify a new library password (PIN).