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Searching DePauw's Online Catalog
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Academic Search Complete
Articles (or article summaries) from scholarly journals, newspapers and popular magazines covering most academic disciplines. Some as far back as early 1900's, but mostly since about 1970. Free to all Indiana residents via INSPIRE.in.gov
American National Biography
Biographies of 17,000+ notable deceased Americans. Most entries include an image and bibliography for further reading.
Biography Reference Bank
Brief profiles & articles from magazines & reference books. Mostly for kids & teens. Free to all Indiana residents via INSPIRE.in.gov
Ethnic Newspapers from the Balch Collection 1799-1971
Over 130 full-text & image newspapers published in 10 languages (Czech, English, French, German, Hungarian, Italian, Japanese, Polish, Slovak, and Yiddish), in 25 U.S. states. 1799-1971.
A full-text article database of popular and trade news from around the world; company profiles; accounting literature and legal information largely focusing on U.S. and North America.
Selecting and Using Keywords
Save time by searching strategically:
- Search for materials that are available digitally (i.e. eBooks, eMusic, etc)
- Do a quick scan for background information
- Create a list of concepts and keywords relevant to your search topic
- Group those concepts together or combine different concepts
- Use terminology and facts learned from your background information
- Look at the bibliographies of resources that you like If you like their ideas, who inspired them?
- Make sure you evaluate while searching:
- Where is this information coming from?
- Is the source biased? Scholarly? Dated?
How can you search strategically by modifying your keywords? For instance, what sort of results do you find for variations of the same name?
Example: Hoang Quy Binh vs Binh Hoang vs Hoang Binh
Refine Your Search With Filters
Use the built-in filters to refine your search. In addition to keywords or subject headings, make sure to pay attention to:
- Format (search for accessible content; i.e. downloadable article, eMusic, eBook, etc.)
- Content Type (search for accessible content; i.e. downloadable article, eMusic, eBook, etc.)
- Publication Year