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The Library and Technology Services (LTS) homepage is displayed to the right.
You’ll find many helpful resources on this page. We’ll start by looking at the OneSearch box in the center of the of the page.
Click the right arrow below to move to the next page.
There are several tabs for searching OneSearch.
The default option is the first tab Library Catalog. Use this to search for physical items (books, print journals, DVDs, etc.) and ebooks owned by the library.
Click the right arrow below to proceed to the next page.
How many results did you get?
The library has a lot of useful books. Some are in print; many more are online as ebooks! To limit your results to just ebooks, you can use the menu on the left side and select Available Online under Availability.
You can use the other facets on the left to refine your results. For example, you can narrow your results by Resource Type to Video. You can also refine by Subject or by publication Date.
If you were interested in focusing your research on education for girls in India, you could add keywords to search.
Scroll up to the search box and try this:
With your original search for India, you should have found about 14,000 results. How did the number of your search results change when you searched for girls education India?
Print books and other physical items in the catalog will have call numbers which you can use to locate them in the library. Library books at Brandeis are arranged by Library of Congress call number.
This system arranges items by subject. This means you will find books on similar topics next to one another on the shelf. One call number can serve as the starting point to browse the shelves for relevant material.
Want more information about call numbers?
Check out this guide!
Look through your girls education India search results for the book Beyond access: Transforming policy and practice for gender equality in education. What is the call number for this book?
The library also has a View Map tool that shows you where print books and other physical items are located in the library.
Click on the View Map button to see the location of Beyond access: Transforming policy and practice for gender equality in education.
Where would you find this book in the library?
Click the Close button in the upper right to close the map window.
Each item in the library catalog has an item record which provides additional information. When you enter keywords in the search box, the catalog searches these item records for your keywords.
Click on the blue title link for Beyond access: Transforming policy and practice for gender equality in education.
Now, you should see the book's item record. It includes basic information, like the title and author. But you also can see in-depth publication information and subject headings.
For many books, you may also see a Table of Contents or summary. This information can be helpful as you evaluate if a book will be relevant to your research.
Check out this helpful infographic for more information on how to evaluate and skim a book!
Bear in mind the limits of keyword searching. The catalog only searches for your terms in the item records, not in the full text of every book. For example, if you had searched girls schools India, your results might not include item records that contain the term education instead of schools.
On the other hand, don’t assume a book isn’t useful based only on the information in a catalog record. A book that seems too general may have a section that is more relevant to your research. For example, a book about schools in South Asia might have a chapter (or chapters) specifically on India.
Subject headings describe items in the catalog. Sometimes subject headings use terminology we don’t think of. For example, sometimes the catalog uses the term "sex" instead of "gender" in many subject headings.
You can use these subject headings to find additional items on a research topic. Look at the Subjects for the book Beyond access: Transforming policy and practice for gender equality in education.
Which subjects would be most helpful if you were interested in finding additional sources about discrimination against girls in education?
Earlier you added the words girls and education to refine your search and retrieve a smaller number of results.
But if you wanted to expand your search to include books about girls or women, you can type OR between these two search terms.
Brandeis subscribes to many scholarly databases (similar to search engines) which provide access to articles from journals, newspapers, magazines, and other types of sources. These databases are important tools for graduate students and researchers.
It may seem like there are endless sources freely available through a Google search. However, scholarly journals and other types of publications (including information from NGOs) are often behind paywalls. This means you would need to pay a fee in order to read the content.
Brandeis pays for library databases so that you can access this content. Brandeis uses your tuition money to pay for these databases, so take advantage of them!
Are you still unsure about the differences between articles, journals and databases? Take a look at this infographic!
You can use the Articles & More OneSearch tab to search across many of Brandeis's databases to find articles from journals, newspapers, magazines, and other sources.
Now that you have seen some books, let's look for journal articles. Try searching:
As with the Library Catalog search results, you can use the facets to the left to refine your results. One of these facet options allows you to limit your search to articles from Peer-reviewed Journals.
For many of your assignments at Brandeis, your professors will ask you to use articles from peer-reviewed journal articles.
While the Peer-reviewed Journals facet can be useful to limiting your search results, you should also understand the characteristics of a scholarly journal article so that you'll be able to recognize them:
Select the Peer-reviewed Journals facet to the left of your search results for girls education India.
Look for the article “Learning, livelihoods, and social mobility: Valuing girls' education in central India.” The article is by Peggy Froerer and was published in the journal Anthropology & Education in 2012.
When you are using the library’s databases, you may come across records for articles that do not include the full text PDF.
Click on the following link to see an example:
Are Girls the Fairer Sex in India? Revisiting Intra-Household Allocation of Education Expenditure
To view the full text of this article, click on the blue-grey GET IT! button on the left side of the screen. A new window or tab will open.
If Brandeis has access to this article through other databases, you’ll see Full text available at links. In this case, Brandeis has access to this article through other databases.
Sometimes you might click on the GET IT! button and find that we do not have access to an article.
Click on the following article link to see an example:
Beyond the education silo? Tackling adolescent secondary education in rural India
With Interlibrary Loan (ILL), you can borrow books, articles and other types of sources from other libraries.
In order to use Interlibrary Loan, you'll need to activate your ILL account.
Click the Interlibrary Loan link to activate your account:
You can login to your ILL account with your Brandeis username and password.
Did you activate your ILL account?
If you need help during the research process or can’t find what you need, we librarians are happy to help.
When you are using OneSearch on weekdays between 9am and 5pm, you’ll see an orange Chat with a librarian now button at the top of the page.
When you click on the Chat with librarian now bubble, a chat box will appear and you can ask a librarian for help.
Click the right arrow below to proceed to the next page.
If our chat service is not available, we have plenty of other ways you can contact us!
Click on the link below to see how you can ask a librarian for help.
How can you get research assistance?
Congratulations! You have finished the OneSearch for SID Research tutorial. Thank you for taking time to do this tutorial, and we look forward to working with you!