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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.
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There are several tabs for searching OneSearch.
The default option is the first tab Library Catalog. The Library Catalog searches for books and many physical items owned by the library, and it also searches for ebooks. Ebooks may be particularly helpful your coursework at Rabb, because you can read ebooks without making a visit to campus.
How many results did you get?
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To limit your results to ebooks and other online sources, 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 refine by Subject or by publication Date.
Each item in the library catalog links to an item record that includes more detailed information about it. When you enter keywords in the catalog search box, the catalog searches these item records for your keywords.
Try looking at an item record
When you searched for data visualization, the catalog looked for item records that contained both of these terms, but not necessarily the exact phrase “data visualization” with the words in that exact order.
To search only for items that contain an exact phrase, put quotation marks around the phrase.
Your original search for data visualization (without quotation marks) should have retrieved 240-500 results. How did the number of your search results change when you searched for "data visualization” with quotation marks?
Let’s look at another strategy for improving your search results.
If you were interested in focusing your research to data visualization and biology, you could add additional keywords to your search.
How did the number of search results change when you added AND biology to your search?
As you do research, you may notice that some authors use different terminology to describe your topic. For example, if you were researching infographics, you might see that some authors used the related term information visualization when writing about infographics.
If you wanted to expand your search to include books that used either infographics or information visualization (or both terms) to describe your research topic, you could add the word OR between the two search terms. (Note that the word OR needs to spelled in all capital letters.)
How did your number of search results change when you added OR "information visualization" to your search?
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.
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 data analysis might have a chapter focusing specifically on data mining.
After reading about uses of infographics, you might like to investigate the following research question: How are infographics used in business professions?
Rather than type your whole research question into a search box, start by figuring out the key concepts or the most important terms in your research question.
In this example, you might start with the key concepts infographics and business. We’ll use these as keywords in our searching.
The Articles & More tab searches across many of Brandeis' databases to find articles from journals, newspapers, magazines and other types of sources. These databases are important tools for college students and other researchers.
You may think that anything you find with the Articles & More search can be found by searching Google, but the free online content that Google searches is not the same as the material that an Articles & More search will find. Database content includes many scholarly sources that are only available to searchers who are affiliated with schools and/or libraries that subscribe to them. Brandeis pays for the library databases that provide access to many scholarly sources, sources you can't find with Google.
As with the Library Catalog search results, you can use the facets to the left of your search results to refine your results.
One of these options allows you to limit your search to articles from Peer-reviewed Journals. For many of your research assignments at Brandeis, your professors will ask you to use articles from peer-reviewed journals, also known as scholarly articles.
While the Peer-reviewed Journals facet can help you to limit your search results, you should also understand the characteristics of a scholarly journal article so you'll be able to recognize scholarly sources on your own:
Try using a facet to refine your results:
Look for the article in your search results titled "The political participation of disabled people in Europe: Rights, accessibility and activism." This article was published in Electoral Studies in 2016.
In addition to OneSearch, you can use the library’s individual article databases to search for articles.
Click on the link below to view Brandeis Scholar
This page is a portal to the library’s databases, including databases devoted to a single subject, like Computer Science or Biology.
Note that the right hand side of the Brandeis Scholar homepage includes a Most Popular Databases box, which contains links to the library's most frequently used databases.
When you are using the library’s databases, you may come across citations for articles that do not include the full text of the article.
Click on the following link to see an example (If you are not logged in, you may need to log in to view the example):
Jones, John. (2015). Information graphics and intuition: Heuristics as a techne for visualization. Journal of Business and Technical Communication, 29(3), 284. doi: 10.1177/1050651915573943
To view the full text of this article, click on the blue GET IT! button on the left side of the screen. A new window or tab will open; you can return to this tab and the tutorial after you've looked at the new window or tab. 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 of an article that we do not have access to:
Wansink, B., & Robbins, R. (2016). Which design components of nutrition infographics make them memorable and compelling? American Journal Of Health Behavior, 40(6), 779-787. doi:10.5993/AJHB.40.6.10
With Interlibrary Loan (ILL), you can request articles and other types of resources 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 log in to your ILL account with your Brandeis username and passphrase.
Ways that you can get help with your library and research questions (even if you are located far from Brandeis!):
If you click on the Chat with a Librarian button, a chat box will appear and you can ask a librarian for help.
You can also find the Chat with a Librarian option in LATTE, on Brandeis Scholar, on our Research Help page, and in some of our databases.
How can you get research assistance?
Librarians have also created research guides covering many academic disciplines. Listed below are research guides that you may find helpful for research in your Rabb courses. Click on the link for a research guide related to your program at Rabb.
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