Finding Book Sources
A. Search for for relevant books. It may be that books have been pulled from the shelves already for you. If so, skip directly to Step B below. If not, you may need to use the online book catalog (Alexandria) as described below to find book sources.
- Click here to open Alexandria
- Click on the Researcher button. You can search by title, author, subject, keyword, series, etc. For a short video tutorial on using Alexandria, click HERE.
BONUS TIP #1: The default is the "anywhere" search which means Alexandria will search everywhere in the book's record for your search terms. You can leave it set on the "anywhere" search unless you know exactly what you are looking for.
B. Refer to the Table of Contents and the index. Remember those words you brainstormed on your Creating Search Terms worksheet? Look up some of those words in the Table of Context and/or the index!
- Skim the chapters and/or pages noted in the Table of Centents and the index.
- When you come across relevant information, start taking notes in a Google doc or on a looseleaf sheet. Make sure to record the book's title, publisher, year it was published and city it was published in. Take notes and be sure to record the page numbers! Or ask your teacher if you can use your phone or iPad to take a photo of the book's copyright page (usually the page on the back of the title page) to use for your citations later.
- Repeat this process until you have used a few books and taken quality notes. Make sure that you have MORE printed sources than your assignment requires in case some don't work out.