Get an overview of your topic with these articles written for a broader audience.
Remember that peer-reviewed journal articles are written by researchers for other researchers in their field -- if you want to use these articles for your project, ask Dr. Hurtt and your mentor for tips on how to read scientific articles!
The Library Catalog includes records for print and electronic books, theses, media, musical scores, and more owned by the DU Libraries.
Try the Advanced Catalog Search to find materials by type, location, publication year, language, and more.
To retrieve a book you found in the DU Library Catalog, note the:
1. Status: See a green dot & the word "Available"? The book should be on the shelf, ready for you to check out.
2. Location: The most common locations you'll see are:
3. Call number: This is the item's address on the shelf -- bring the entire call number with you to the library. Look on the ends of each shelf for signs indicating what span of call numbers are on that shelf.
The books in the Anderson Academic Commons are arranged by subject, so you can walk through the bookshelves in a particular subject area to see all the print books we have on that topic. Books purchased within the last six month are on the Main Level of AAC, and our main on-campus collection of books is on the Lower Level:
|Subject areas of potential interest:
G -- Geography
Q -- Science
R -- Medicine
S -- Agriculture
A. Break your topic down into the main ideas, or keywords. Then combine your keywords into a search query:
Link main ideas together with AND to get fewer search results:
aging AND brain
Link related terms together with OR to get more search results:
(healthy OR normal)
-The parentheses tell the database which words the OR command applies to. Without parentheses, the database would interpret the following search as a request to find articles that mention healthy brains, plus any article that uses the word normal:
brain AND healthy OR normal
B. Use quotation marks " " to search words as a phrase:
Searching “healthy aging” excludes articles about healthy eating or rapid aging.
BE AWARE of what your quotation marks are excluding -- searching "healthy aging" excludes articles that talk about aging in a healthy manner.
C. Use an asterisk * to search for multiple word endings:
health* = health OR healthy OR healthier OR healthiest, etc.