A library search is a process of looking for and finding specific information or materials in a library. A library search can be conducted in a physical library by browsing the shelves or by using the library’s catalog or other finding aids, or it can be conducted online through a library’s website or a database of library materials.
There are a number of different approaches that can be used to conduct a library search, depending on the nature of the information you are seeking and the resources available to you. Some common strategies for conducting a library search include:
- Keyword search: Using one or more keywords to search the library’s catalog or a database of library materials
- Subject search: Using subject headings or another controlled vocabulary to search for materials on a specific topic
- Author search: Searching for materials by a specific author or creator
- Advanced search: Using more complex search criteria, such as Boolean operators or proximity searches, to refine and narrow your search results
Conducting an effective library search requires some knowledge of the library’s resources and how to use them, as well as some familiarity with research techniques and strategies.