Books are often large and tend to be more thorough than a ten-page article. Use them when you feel like you need a "bigger picture."
(Takes a day to about a week)
Other Georgia Institutions (GIL-Express) Instructions - Choose University System of Georgia in search box. Login and look for the Get it Tab: Request. Link is sample search.
This search is a blunt tool. Use it to start and then move on.
Remember to check the peer-review and full-text boxes!
For fine-tuning searches and eliminating irrelevant topics. Go to Databases AZ and Search By Subject: Science & Technology.
No full-text? Fill out our inter-library loan form.
Good search terms = better results
Bad search terms = bad results
If you are a searching for a habit, consider Ocean. Atlantic. Pacific. Fresh Water. Rivers. Lakes. Continent. Country. State.
Think like a cave man. No full sentences. Put phrases in quotation marks. For example: "comb jelly."
Consider jargon and audience. If you need peer-reviewed articles, use search terms you find from those articles.
You tag pictures. Articles are often tagged with subject headings. These can be useful when you need to expand a search or narrow a broad topic. Clicking a subject heading will run a new search. Example Search. Example Screenshot.
Use AND, OR, and NOT to combine search terms. Remember your order of operations when using parentheses. You can get pretty complicated.
Example: "vase stinker sponge" OR "Ircinia campana"