Resources for IAFS 4500: Understanding 9/11Provides an introduction to finding library resources.
For off campus access, you just need your identikey login and passwork. This works for most resources. VPN also works but can be difficult to configure.
Next: get ready to keep track of the sources you find. Chinook and many of the relevant databases include tools to export citations into RefWorks. If you are not using another citation manager (Zotero, etc.), you might want to set up an account. RefWorks can format your bibliography in Chicago Manual of Style format. Information on the use of this tool is available in the Refworks How-Do-I page.
For sticky questions about Chicago, consult the online version of the manual.
A good way to start is to make a list of the types of sources (such as books, articles, encyclopedia entries, statistics, etc.) that you think you will need for the topic.
Reference resources such as encyclopedias can be a great place to start when you are developing a new topic. They can provide you with an overview and background information, summarize established knowledge and important facts, discuss key figures, and offer a list of recommended sources or readings.
- Political Handbook of the World, CQ Researcher, and the Encyclopedia of Political Science in CQ Electronic Library. Latest Political Handbook of the World at JF37 .P6 in the Norlin Research area.
- Gale Virtual Reference Library
- ABC Cllio E Books
Before starting your search, break down your topic into discrete concepts that represent its major aspects. These concepts will be used to develop search terms, that is, significant words or phrases (nouns or noun phrases work best) that can be used when searching in online catalogs or research databases. Your search terms will determine the quantity and relevance of results you retrieve.
Searching is an iterative process. You will probably need to test your strategies several times, refining them as you start to look at the results from the databases. Keeping a search log is a good way to organize the process.
- For more flexible searching, think of various ways to express these
- synonyms (related terms)
- broader terms
- narrower terms
- You need to tailor the search terms to the type of material you are
searching. When searching for:
- Books and other larger units, broader terms tend to work better because the topics covered by books tend to be more general.
- Journal articles and other smaller units, narrower terms tend to work better because the topics covered by articles tend to be more specific.
- Full text of books or articles, narrower terms or even unique terms like names or places tend to work better because you are searching on the full text.
- Adding terms that represent geographical or chronological
facets may be useful.
- If you get too many results, try using narrower search
terms or add another facet to your search. If you get too few
results, try using broader terms, synonyms or subtract a facet from your
- Avoid using redundant or overlapping search terms, e.g. using "19th
century" AND "Victorian period", or using "Middle Ages" in the
International Medieval Bibliography. This is a common reason for
getting too few results.
- Keep a search log in which you note the databases you used, dates, and most relevant search terms for each.
- AND: taxation AND revolution AND colonies (must find all terms)
- OR: revolution OR rebellion (must find one of the terms)
- NOT: Massachusetts NOT Boston (must find first term NOT second term)
- Phrases: “Stamp Act” (must find that phrase in that order)
- Synonyms: (revolution OR rebellion) AND taxation
- Truncation and wildcards:
revolution* will find revolution, revolutions and revolutionary
wom?n will find woman and women
Some results will have a link to full text and others will have the "Find It at CU" icon. When no full text is available, use this icon to search for full text in our collections, in either electronic or print, by searching Chinook.
For articles, be sure to note the citation information so you know what
volume and year of the journal you are seeking. Your next steps in "Find It at
- Search for an electronic or print copy of the journal by searching Chinook by ISSN or Title under "Library Catalog"
- If you do not find electronic but we own print, you can order an electronic copy by clicking on the "Request a PDF (UCB only)" button in the record for the print journal
- If we do not own either, order an electronic copy from another library under "Articles", through ILLiad (document delivery/ILL). Please be sure to indicate a realistic date by which you can last use the material.
Books, Book Chapters, DVDs...
Do a Title search in Chinook to see if the CU Libraries hold it.
- You can order an electronic copy of a book chapter we own through ILLiad
Unless you are doing comprehensive research on a topic, it will probably not be worth your while to pursue the loan of a dissertation. If you're interested in looking at the abstract, and potentially a preview of the first pages of a dissertation, you can search ProQuest Dissertations & Theses.
If we do not have the material in question, order through Interlibrary Loan..
Selection of the appropriate database or databases depends on the approach you plan to take. Relevant databases are grouped by broad subject in the International Affairs and History areas of the Find Articles and More Menu.
You can also locate secondary sources for your research in the CU Libraries by searching the Chinook library catalog. Chinook is wherewant search for books, journals, microforms and other materials but not articles.
The Advanced Keyword search in Chinook Classic is the most flexible way to search for titles on your topic. Notice that you can specify available items, electronic version, language, location, and material type, among other limits.
Keyword search OR Subjects Search in Chinook
- Possible keywords: 9/11, September 11, terrorism, bombing, weapons of mass destruction, WMDs, names of key players (e.g. such Osama Bin Laden, George Bush Jr.), jihad
- Possible Subjects:
September 11 Terrorist Attacks, 2001 (then scan down the list for the most relevant subdivision)
Terrorism (then scan down the list for the most relevant subdivision)
Country Name- Relations- (then scan down the list for the most relevant subdivision)
Country Name Politics and Government (then scan down the list for the most relevant subdivision)
Country Name Social Conditions (then scan down the list for the most relevant subdivision)
Islam and Politics
Islam and Secularism
Islam and State
Islam and World Politics
The following tips will help you make the most of your Chinook Classic searching:
- From the full record of a relevant title, you can find similar
- Looking at the Subjects listed and clicking on the links to find other titles in the catalog with the same subject heading.
- Clicking on the "Nearby Call Numbers" button. This will allow you to virtually browse the collection by showing you what other titles would be shelved next to that one.
- Titles may have different locations in the CU library system, for example, Norlin Stacks, PASCAL offsite, or Norlin Library Periodicals Collection. If you are wondering where these locations are, click on the location link.
- You can use the "Request It!" button to:
Requesting electronic copies:
- If an item is checked out or we do not own it, search the Prospector consortial catalog by clicking the
brown "Search Prospector to find it in another library"
button that appears on the left. You can order a copy of what you
want online if is available to be loaned from another Prospector library.
Circulation will contact you when it is available for pick-up.
- Click the "Find More Resources" button to look up a topic in Encyclopedia Britannica Online, search Google Scholar, or export a citation into RefWorks bibliographic management software (available to all CU students).
You can make requests for any item we do not hold through ILL. Visit this page for your basic ILL options. Please note the decision to loan items is up to the holding library. How much time it takes to fill the request can range from 24 hours to 3 weeks, depending. Articles and book chapters are generally faster than books.
The ILLiad interlibrary loan system is used to
- Log in using your Identikey, and submit the required information. Also, the more of the non-required information you can provide the easier it will be to expedite your request.
- The first time you log in you will need to fill out your contact information.
- If you enter ILLiad from a database like America: History and Life, it will often supply most of the required information automatically.
- Specify a realistic "Not Wanted After Date". If you order an item and do not use it, the Libraries will have to pay for the loan anyway.
Still need help after trying the strategies listed on this guide? Or can't figure out how to use a particular resource? Here are some options for further assistance: