Search Tips & Strategies
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Place an Interlibrary Loan (Resource Sharing Request)
As an FDLTCC student, you have access to resources from other college and university libaries across the state of Minnesota and beyond. 

If you need access to a resource not in the FDLTCC collection, place a resource sharing request


 
Contact the Library
Keith Cich
Librarian
Ruth A. Myers Library

218.879.0837
​keith.cich@fdltcc.edu

 
Reference Sources
Reference sources help us gain more context about a subject before we begin our research.
Here are a list of recommended electronic reference sources to help you choose a new research topic, or get a better overview of your topic:

Points of View (EBSCO) A full-text database designed to provide students with a series of essays that present multiple sides of a current issue.
Britannica Academic Encyclopedia content plus multimedia, timelines, world data analyst, country comparison, and the Britannica blog.
Wikipedia Wikipedia is a free online encyclopedia, created and edited by volunteers around the world and hosted by the Wikimedia Foundation.

 
Choose Your Keywords
Searching academic sources can be different than how we normally search Google or other online search engines. We want to use precise search terms called keywords, to get the best results.
As you read through your first reference articles, watch for and record words you think will be important for your topic. You may consider mapping your terms like in the diagram below:
Just the Keywords
When searching the library resources, try sticking to the keywords you generated while reading your reference sources. As we discussed, we don't want to include extra words or type in full sentences like we're accustomed to with search engines.
Boolean Operators
Use boolean operators to to get more accurate search results. The venn diagram below shows the search results you'll get in orange.

Use AND between your keywords to narrow your search .
Use OR between your keyword to broaden your search
Use NOT between your keywords to exclude keywords from your search.
A Venn diagram showing the functionarily  boolean operators AND, OR, and NOT.
Phrases
Phrases
Put quotation marks around multiple keywords to only return results for that exact phrase.

"Guardians of the Galaxy"
"climate change"
"LeAnne Howe"
Search the Library Catalog
Primo OneSearch 
 
Search the library catalog to find physical books, eBooks, articles, media and more.

Place an Interlibrary Loan (Resource Sharing Request)
As an FDLTCC student, you have access to resources from other college and university libaries across the state of Minnesota and beyond. 

If you need access to a resource not in the FDLTCC collection, place a resource sharing request


 
Search the Library Databases
Library News Databases
ProQuest U.S. Newsstream U.S. news content as well as archives that stretch back into the 1980s from national and regional news sources including The New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Boston Globe, Newsday, Chicago Tribune and the Minneapolis Star Tribune. 

New York Times Website Full access to nytimes.com and the NYT mobile app for all current FDLTCC students, staff and faculty. Follow the library’s New York Times Student Guide to create your account.

Wall Street Journal Website Full access to wsj.com and the WSJ mobile app for current FDLTCC students. Follow the Wall Street Journal Student Guide to create your account.
Physical Newspapers
The library has physical newspaper subscriptions to several local, regional and native news sources accessible in the library.
News sources include:
  • Anishinaabeg Today
  • Bois Forte News
  • Carlton County News
  • The Circle: News from Native American Perspectives
  • Debahjimon: Newspaper of the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe
  • Duluth News Tribune
  • Hermantown Star
  • Indian Life
  • Minneapolis Star Tribune
  • Navajo Times
  • Pine Journal
  • Pine Knot 
  • Voyageur Press
  • Wawatay News
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