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ARC 205 Research Guide: Finding Books

A quick guide for finding resources for ARC 205: Interdisciplinary Design Studio [Gandelsonas and Levy, Fall 2018]

Quick Searches in the Library Catalog

Search Strategies - Keyword: With keyword searching, be sure to employ LIMITERS if you retrieve an unwieldy number of records. Limiters include "AND" and "NOT."

  • Brazil AND SESC
  • Servico Social do Comercio AND architecture
  • "architecture" AND "Brazil"
  • water AND architecture AND public

Other helpful ways to limit searches include filters or facets built into databases and catalogs, including such elements as

  • Language of Publication
  • Year of Publication
  • Content Type [Journal, Book Review, etc]

Search Strategies - Subject Headings: Subject headings are elements of a "controlled vocabulary," as opposed to natural language. The upside is that subject headings are carefully, specifically applied to each library resource, but the downside is that you need to know what subject headings to choose from in order to search successfully. A few pertinent examples follow.

Search the Library Catalog

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Books Beyond Princeton

Worldcat: The Catalog of Catalogs! A critical discovery tool! Try some of your Main Catalog searches in Worldcat.

RIBA is another great resource for British / English architecture.  This catalog includes not only books in the library's collection, but also indexes journals. 

Google Books: Searches the full text of books that Google scans and stores in its digital database, which Google claims holds ~7 million works.