Answered By: Dawn Wong Last Updated: Aug 22, 2020 Views: 7
We use WorldCat Discovery from OCLC (Discovery Search). It indexes much of our collections, online or physical. You can search for a topic or for a known item. You can use filters and limiters to refine your search results. Physical materials will show a location, call number, and whether the item is currently checked out. Online material will link to the resource and will automatically authenticate you using the standard PID/password/2nd factor used by other Virginia Tech systems.
You can learn more about using Discovery Search on the Discovery Search Tool Information Hub, and the Discovery Search: Accessing Discovery Search page: A guide to using VT Libraries' Discovery Search.
The Basic and some Advanced Search information can be found at:
Boolean searching is the process of combining search terms with "or," "and," and "not."
Here are some guides and example pages:
Guide on Searching Strategies, include:
* Advanced Search Strategies, use of truncation, wildcard, quotation marks, with some examples (from the School of Education Research Resources guide).
* Boolean Searching, and Search Strategy Builder Tool.
BCHM 5784: Search Strategies (Course Guide for BCHM 5784: Advanced Applications in Molecular Life Sciences), includes:
* Boolean Searching examples.
Neuroscience: Search Strategies (The VT Neuroscience program focuses on advances in genetic, cellular, molecular, cognitive and systems Neuroscience), include:
* Boolean Searching & Advanced Searching Techniques;
* Tips & Tricks for Database Searching;
* Example Boolean search statements using symbols & parentheses; and
* Research Database Fields.
Neuroscience: Search Strategy Builder, includes:
* Search Strategy Builder Tool.