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Find Books (In depth Instructions)

Search Everything:

  • Discovery search box (like Google for libraries). Searches across our collections of article databases, books, and ebooks etc.,  

  • Use to find:  books, ebooks, scholarly articles, newspaper, magazines.


  1. Search using keywords  (or the title/author if you know it)

  2. Refine using filters on the left of the result page.

    1. Content type (book, journal article, newspaper etc)  

    2. Scholarly & peer reviewed, publication date, discipline etc.,refine on the left side

  3. Get your sources.

    1. Online Items Only link is for articles and ebooks

      1. Link will bring you to another page with the full text of the article or ebook.

    2. Books - Status and Location (call number)

      1. Status will be either Available or Due (plus the date it is due back)

  4. Save or Cite your results using the icons on the right side of your source.  


Book Tab

  • This tab searches our book and ebook collection.       

  • Use to find: Books and eBooks


  1. Locate the book tab on the Library’s homepage

  2. Enter your keywords (or author/title if you know it).

  3. Choose from a list.

    1. Reading your results:

IMAGE of Available Call number




*How to tell if my books are appropriate - evaluate your sources!


Advanced Search Techniques

Creating A Search Strategy with Boolean Logic

Here are some simple search techniques that can increase the relevance of your results and save you a lot of time.

You can use them on RULA’s website and on search sites like Google.


Step 1:  Pick your keywords

Figure out your Keywords: Your keywords are the main concepts or ideas of your paper.

For example the keywords for a paper on "youth employment in Canada” would be:

  • Youth

  • Employment

  • Canada


Step 2 : Find synonyms

Use related words and phrases (synonyms): There are multiple ways to express the same concept.

Employment can also be:

  • job

  • work

  • career


Youth can be:

  • Adolescents

  • Teenagers

  • Young people


Step 3 : Understanding AND / OR / NOT


Use "AND" and "OR"  (in capitals) to pull you keywords and synonyms together (these are known as Boolean operators)! This way you can search for multiple concepts effectively.


AND = finds sources that contain all keywords

Youth AND Employment AND Canada


OR = finds sources that contain at least one of these keywords

Youth OR teenagers OR young people


NOT = eliminates or ignores a related term that you do not want in your search

Java NOT coffee  (for when you want JAVA the computer language)


Step 4 : Tips and tricks for your keywords

  • Use quotation marks “....”:

If one of your synonyms contains more than one word (e.g., First Nations) use quotation marks (" ") around the whole phrase to ensure the words are searched for together and not separately.

   For Example:  "First Nations" or “personal identity”


Step 5:  Pulling It All Together

Using parentheses ( ), called nesting, to group the related terms. Next, use OR between each related keywords


(Youth OR teenagers OR young people) AND (Employment OR Jobs) AND Canada