What is already known about your topic? Find and evaluate sources of information about your topic.
What words or phrases might be helpful for finding information about your topic? Where will you look for that information? You can revise your search if you are not finding enough of what you want. You can also revise your search as you learn additional words or phrases that might be useful.
Librarians have created many guides for specific disciplines and courses. The guide will usually highlight good places to search for information on that topic.
English is the primary language the library's resources use. You can sometimes use other languages if they are more comfortable for you. Your options will depend on the database, journal, or website.
Some databases, journals, and websites will let you change the language that they use on the page. Check for language settings in the main navigation options or in the tools sections on the site. Sometimes, you will need to set up a personal account to change the language settings. Your personal account will only work for that database, journal, or website. These settings do not affect the language of your search or the language of the results. If you are not sure if the language can be changed, ask a librarian for help.
Some databases, journals, and websites include content that is written in non-English languages. Books, articles, videos, and other materials will be in those languages. They will often be mixed in with content that is written in English. Many databases include an option to see only results that use a specific language. You can also try searching with words in specific languages.
You can listen to the content of some databases, journals, and websites instead of reading it. Check for an audio version or an audio icon. A small number of databases, journals, and websites include options to listen to an audio version of the page instead of reading it. You can sometimes download information in a format that is easier to translate too. Most videos include options to read captions, subtitles, and / or a transcript of the video.
Sometimes, using a different word that has a similar meaning affects what you find.
You can use one article, book, presentation, or report to find other sources on your topic. Examine:
Contact your librarian for help. They can meet with you in person, over the phone, through email, or online. They can suggest other places to search. They can help you refine your search strategy. They can answer your questions.
Ask your professor or advisor for help. They have done a lot of research and are familiar with how to find sources in your discipline.
While MCPHS has many articles and books, you may need something we do not have. Fill out the library's Interlibrary Loan form to check if the library can get that article or book for you.
You might also be able to visit a library near you to get the book or article you want. Check that library's policies.