- Go to: http://library.miami.edu
- Go to the second floor of Richter Library
- If you take the elevator, turn right when you get off
- If you take the stairs, walk to the elevators and take a left
- Walk past the microforms cabinets and the bound journals; the stacks elevators will be on your right
- Go to the 1st floor Research & Assistance Desk OR
- Go to the libraries website
- Click on Ask-A-Librarian—you can email or call us OR
- Consultations—look at the list of subject librarians and email the appropriate librarian
If you have any questions, feel free to send me an email!
The search tab labeled “Catalog” will search the library catalog. Enter your keywords and go!
Finding books on a topic
To find books on a particular topic, you should perform a KEYWORD search
Sample search terms include:
“global warming” and biofuels
Autism and (vaccine* or immuniz*)
Hints: put phrases in double quotations; use an asterisk to truncate a term—organiz* will search for organize, organizing, and organization.
Finding books by an author
To find books written by a particular author, you should perform an AUTHOR search
Sample search terms include:
REMEMBER: The library catalog does not contain journal articles. Rather, it can tell you whether or not we have a print or electronic subscription to a particular journal. To look for specific articles if you already have a citation, go to the Citation Linker, available on the How to: Find an article from a citation tab.
What do those endings mean?
.gov : If you find a .gov website online, chances are, this is a good resource with legitimate information. .gov means that's a government website, operated by the government. Some examples are: www.whitehouse.gov, www.census.gov, or www.nutrition.gov
.edu : If you find a .edu website online, chances are, this is a good resource with legitimate information. .edu means it's the website of a university or college. Take a look at pages owned by the University of Miami! See the .edu ending? It means we're legit. Some examples are: www.miami.edu, www.harvard.edu, or www.berkeley.edu
.org : If you find an .org website online - proceed with caution. There are some great .org's out there, but some shady ones too. ".org" means the owner of the website is usually an organization of some kind. Some organizations are legitimate, others not so much. Here are some real .org's to serve as an example: www.now.org, www.ymcamiami.org, and www.miamichildrensmuseum.org/.
.com : If you find a .com website online - proceed with high caution. There are some great .com's out there, but a lot of shady ones too, and many .com's are NOT professional or scholarly in origin. Some .com's might be run by people, groups, businesses or organizations that are legitimate. Others are just run by people who have their own agenda or may just be trying to sell you something. Always think twice before using a .com for research.
Text written by Lauren Fralinger; adapted from the Evaluating Resources Guide at Valparaiso University
The CABLE Method
When was the article published? If the article is on a website, when was the page last updated? Are links to other sites still active?
Who wrote the article? What are the credentials of the author? How can I find out more about the author?
What is the purpose of the periodical? What does the author say is the purpose of the article? Is the article objective or is only one point of view presented?
How useful is this information for your purpose? Does it cover your subject in enough depth? Do you feel comfortable citing this article in a college-level assignment?
Where does the article's information come from? Is it scholarly or popular? Can you verify the information in the article? Are there references or links to other sites?
Adapted from: The Library Instruction Cookbook "CABLE Cook-off: Learning to Evaluate Web Sites" (90-91)
What happens if an article or book I want is not available online or in print?
When this occurs, you may use the interlibrary loan (Illiad) service to obtain the journal article or book. The Illiad service is a free service that allows UM students to obtain articles and books that the library does not own. To create an account and request materials, go to the following website: https://triton.library.miami.edu
Once the UM Libraries obtains the article or book you will be sent an email notification and with a link to the article or letting you know that the book is ready for pick up at the circulation desk.
If you have any problems or questions, contact InterLibrary Loan, (305) 284-6102.