Intended to provide an introduction to library research, this guide also provides links to online resources (articles, eBooks, audiovisual, etc.), as well as extended access to resources made available by publishers due to COVID-19. Additionally, it links to other guides on OERs (Open Educational Resources), and COVID-19 CDC (Centers of Disease Control) resources.
Below is a short video introducing you to our library website and all that it has to offer.
Search our introductory, general, and specialized databases for your research by subject, type of database, vendor, or title by clicking the link above.
Not sure what database would have articles on your topic? Try searching all the EBSCOhost databases.
Library Linking to Google Scholar
Navigate to Google Scholar
From menu, select Settings
Next, select “Library Links”
Open WorldCat includes everything that is freely available
Type in Eastern Washington University, select this option and save it
Now when you are searching you can link to our library’s holdings from GS.
· RA1-1270 Public aspects of medicine
· RA643-645 Disease (Communicable and noninfectious) and public health
· RA648.5-767 Epidemics. Epidemiology. Quarantine. Disinfection
Controlled Vocabulary (or Library of Congress Subject Headings) are terms you can use when searching the library catalog or databases, as this is how resources related to these topics will be indexed usually. There are broader, narrower, and related terms associated with each of these. Visit here or here to search for your own, and here to browse through an alphabetical list.
Here are some Controlled Vocabulary terms:
Choose Subject Headings
Use Boolean Operators: Narrow, broaden, or exclude terms in your search
The AND operator retrieves only records that have all of the search terms included in the record. You want to use this operator to narrow or limit a search. e.g. COVID-19 AND impact
The OR operator retrieves all records that contain one or both of the search terms. Use this operator to expand a search. e.g. COVID-19 OR CORONAVIRUSES
The NOT operator eliminates records that contain specific search terms. Use this operator to limit a search, however be careful! You may unintentionally eliminate results from your search that may be useful. e.g. pandemic NOT epidemic
Use NEAR/n to find records in proximity (COVID-19 NEAR/3 contagious)
Use SAME to find terms in same line
Nesting Search Technique: Narrow or broaden your search
(COVID-19 OR CORONAVIRUSES) AND (world OR public)
COVID-19 AND world
COVID-19 AND public
CORONAVIRUSES AND world
CORONAVIRUSES AND public
Parentheses force order of processing
Phrase Searching: Narrow your search
Type a phrase with quotes so this exact phrase will be found in the results.
For example, “preventing COVID-19” will return results where ”preventing COVID-19” is written in the article or source.
Truncation Search Technique: Broaden your search
Truncation is also used when you are unsure of a spelling or want to retrieve plurals. The common truncation symbol across the databases is the "*". What the * does is it begins searching for any words that begin with the letters you've typed, but may end in many different ways. It looks something like this:
A search for medi* will return results for medicine, medical, medic, etc.
Wildcard Search Technique: Broaden your search
Wildcards are used when you are unsure of a particular spelling or if there are alternate spellings of your search term. The most common wildcard symbol across databases is the "?". The wildcards work a little different within each database, but the common function looks something like this:
A search for wom?n will return records containing women, woman, etc.
Facets or Limiters: Broaden your search
Narrow by publication year
Narrow by choosing FT
Narrow by selecting Scholarly/Peer-reviewed
Narrow by subjects
Narrow by language, region, etc.