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Keywords: broad/general terms found anywhere in the record; use as starting point to find information, then move to subject searches based on items returned of interest in your search.
Some keywords to try:
Subject headings (specific classifications given to materials about their subject area): these are also called "controlled vocabulary" or "index terms" as these are assigned to materials that meet criteria for a specific subject area. These are similar to items that have tags. You might also notice some books have an area in the record that says "Library Thing." These books have been assigned tags by users who have Library Thing accounts, and then entered into our catalog to help you see what else the resource is about in addition to the subject headings.
|Examples of broader subject headings||Examples of more specific subject headings|
|Renewable Natural Resources||Solar Air Conditioning|
|Geothermal Resources||Hot Springs|
|Forests and Forestry||Forests and Forestry -- Virginia|
|Wildlife diseases||Chronic wasting disease -- United States.|
Background resources for departments in the College of Natural Resources and Environment
Examples of books in the collection on different aspects of renewable natural resources
If a PDF of HTML version is not available directly through the database, use the "Get VText" icon to see if there is online access from another resource or if it's available in the library (print or microfilm). If the library doesn't have access, use Interlibrary Loan (step 3, you create/have an account) to request from another library. Be aware, items located in our storage facility, or that need to be requested through Interlibrary Loan (ILL) will take a few days to arrive.
There are many tutorials and screencasts available to help you use databases more efficiently. The library has several (for example, how to effectively search by author, searching a single database, or searching multiple indexes from the same provider - all of these are examples from our CSA screencasts. Additional CSA tutorials can be found at http://www.lib.vt.edu/help/screencasts/csa/index.html and we have screencasts from other database providers). You can also look at the "help" features of databases to learn more about how to effectively use the resource.
There are hundreds of journals published that relate to natural resources topics. Below are just a handful of titles to be aware of. All of these journals are known for the quality of articles that are published, as articles undergo a review process by peers before they are published (these are also known as peer-reviewed, refereed, or scholarly journals).