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ZOOL499 : Topics in Marine Biology: Find Books

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.

Some Suggested Search Terms

Marine Sciences is the main subject descriptor used for any work on the topic in CONSORT or other book catalogs.  To get more specific, narrow topics are used.  Clicking on these links will take you to books on these topics.

Combine any of these terms with your topic in a keyword search to get focused results.

Vocabulary!

As you begin to read about your topic,

MAKE A LIST OF WORDS THAT DESCRIBE YOUR TOPIC.

  • jargon
  • acronyms
  • synonyms
  • phrases
  • genus spp names
PAY ATTENTION TO THE WORDS AUTHORS USE AND THE WORDS USED IN CATALOG AND DATABASE RECORDS.
 
Use the words as you construct your search.

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!