Here is an overview and step-by-step guide to help you get started on finding various resources for your CAR term papers. We also introduce some search tips to help you get more relevant and precise results whether you are searching Library's OneSearch, databases, or on Google.
To get an overview of a topic or the definition of a subject, start from reference books like handbooks, dictionaries, and encyclopedias. Do a quick search to find definitions and related keywords for further research.
Books are great to get the whole picture or context of a subject. You can find e-books with the following steps:
To find e-books by platforms, click here.
You can find print books from OneSearch with the steps below:
If a print book is currently on loan, you can request the book (which means placing a hold to reserve the book) with the steps below:
Notes: You can only request items that are on loan. Item available on the bookshelves is not requestable.
HKALL is a shared platform by 8 UGC-funded university libraries in Hong Kong. Eligible users can request a book from other libraries if PolyU do not have that title, or when the copy in PolyU is not available. The book will then be delivered to our Library in about 2-3 days for pick-up.
To request a print book via HKALL, you may follow the steps below:
Notes: You can only request a print book from HKALL if the item is unavailable in our collection.
Each physical item is labeled with a call number, which contains both letters and numbers representing the source's location in the library, e.g., TX911 .V33 2019. Books on the same subject will be placed in the same range on bookshelves. When you search a print book through OneSearch, you will get a call number, which tells you where you can find the book.
Call numbers can be divided into 4 rows:
Below are some examples of the rules mentioned above:
Notes: Large books which cannot be accommodated on the normal shelves are kept at the end of the collection in each Wing. The word [QRT] beside the call number indicates large book. E.g. [QRT] TX911 .A84 1995 is shelved after books with class nos. T to Z on Gound Floor North Wing.
Read journal articles to understand the current development of a very specific topic. Each article details scholarly research on a particular topic published in a subject-specific journal.
Generally, there are three ways to find articles:
To search for articles with a specific title or some keywords from the Library, you can:
1. Select Articles tab.
2. Choose the field you would like to search for (e.g. Keywords & Title)
3. Type in the related information and conduct a search.
4. Filter the results to see Peer-reviewed journals, by Type, Date or Subject...etc. (If appropriate)
5. Click on Full text available and then select one source to get the full text.
To get the full text of the articles found in Google Scholar, it is recommended to access via Google Scholar@PolyU, so that PolyU eLinks will be shown for the articles within our subscription for you to access the full text even you are off campus.
1. Choose Articles tab from Library homepage.
2. Click on Google Scholar@PolyU. (Login with your NetID and Password for off campus access)
3. Search for your desired topic/ title and click on PolyU eLinks to get the full text for those within Library's subscriptions.
Search in a database
Searching within a database helps you narrow your search as the coverage of the database can be very selective. Some databases focus on one specific area, which can help you filter out the contents that are not relevant to the subject; some may cover peer-reviewed journals only, to ensure the articles covered are of certain quality. Almost all databases will provide an Advanced Search option, which allows you to search in a more precise way, e.g. search within article title, journal title, or subject terms (that are tagged to each article). This helps you find the most relevant results quickly and effectively.
Jump to see suggested databases for different CAR subjects below:
Boolean Operators (AND, OR and NOT)
AND combines search terms so that each result contains all of the terms. AND narrows your search.
e.g.: youth AND drug finds articles that contain both youth and drug.
OR combines search terms so that each result contains at least one of the terms. OR is often used to connect synonyms or similar concepts. OR broadens your search.
e.g.: youth OR teenager finds articles that contain either youth or teenager or both.
NOT excludes terms so that each result does not contain the term that follows it. NOT narrows your search.
e.g.: drug NOT alcohol finds articles that contain drug but exclude alcohol.
Truncations & Wildcards
Exact Phrase searching with quotation marks ""
Keyword searching vs. Subject Heading searching