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FYS--M. Gehringer FA2019: Keyword Searching (Lib Resources)

Course website to accompany Prof. Gehringer's FYS course


As you explore topics, develop a keyword list for each topic of interest. Brainstorm for synonyms, names of events and people for your topics.  You may identify words or subjects in the records of the items you locate in library resources. Add to the list as you delve into encyclopedia articles, journal articles and other resources. Combine keywords together to focus your searches.

This search box that will search everything available through the Transy library catalog. A Quick Search will bring you back any results with the keyword you chose. Books will bring back results that are both physical books and ebooks. An Articles search will show journal articles that Transylvania provides access to, and Videos will bring back just multimedia results.


Academic Search Complete is a multi-disciplinary full-text database, with more than 8,500 full-text periodicals, including more than 7,300 peer-reviewed journals. Includes searchable PDF content going back as far as 1887. This may seem like a lot, and it is, but when you have good keywords and search strategies, it's not so bad!

Limit Your Results

Credo Reference: Basic Search Box with descriptive text

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Credo is an easy-to-use tool for starting research. Use this box to search hundreds of full-text reference titles, as well as 500,000+ images and audio files and over 1,000 videos.

Newspaper Sources