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Zoology 335 Comparative Physiology: Focus the Question


As you begin to read about your topic,


  • jargon
  • acronyms
  • synonyms
  • phrases
  • genus spp names
Use the words as you construct your search.

  Find Books at the Library

If your book is not at OWU...

You can borrow books online through both CONSORT and OhioLINK.  Click on the REQUEST tab and enter your library card information.  Books will be delivered to the Beeghly circulation desk for you in a couple of days.

Put the Topic in Context

1.  As you think about your topic be sure you understand your topic.  Know how your topic fits into the physiology picture.  Understand the physiological processes that impact your topic.

2.  Read broadly about your topic.

3.  How?  Read a:
  • textbook
  • subject-specific encyclopedia
  • book or book chapter

Find Books

Use the CONSORT and OhioLINK library catalogs to find books on your topic.

As you begin your search, use keywords to describe your topic.  Gather these keywords from the background reading you did on your topic in the reference dictionaries and encyclopedias.

As you retrieve records from the catalog, pay attention to the words used to describe the topic in the subject field of the record.  Add these terms to your search strategy to enhance your results.

Remember, when you do a KEYWORD search you will retrieve records for books where your terms appear in the title, notes, subject, and table of contents field.  So, while a whole book may not deal with your topic, you may well find books with chapters that discuss your topic.

When you do a SUBJECT search, you will retrieve records for books where your terms appear just in the subject field.  The subject field is used by library catalogers and uses a controlled vocabulary that may not be intuitive to a searcher.

If you have trouble finding books, please ask your professor or your librarian for help!