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2022 Sustainability Design Challenge

Guide to support Sustainable Design Challenge Teams with their research

Library Catalog Search Tips

To find books and videos at USF, search Ignacio, the library catalog. The catalog searches broad descriptions of books and videos.

  • Search by keyword using your own terms to start your search. Keywords are words you would normally think of to describe your topic. They can appear anywhere in the record (title, author, subject, publisher, etc.)
  • Try a search for urban agriculture or community gardens in Ignacio, the library catalog

Database Search Tips

To find articles, books and videos, search Fusion. Fusion searches descriptions of articles, books and videos, as well as some full text. If you are getting too many results with Fusion, try one of the library's subject-specific databases.

  • Use Boolean operators connect your search words together to either narrow or broaden your set of results. The two basic boolean operators are: AND and OR.
  • Use database “limit” options as needed. Most databases offer these options to limit your results:
    • to scholarly (peer-reviewed) journals
    • by source type (magazines, newspapers, academic journals)
    • by language (e.g., English)
  • Broaden a search by using a truncation symbol with a search term. Most databases use the (*) symbol. For example, sustainab* retrieves sustainability, sustainable. 
  • Use quotes around search words to force exact phrase searching. Example: "Bay Area" or "San Francisco"
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