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Finding Books

The most efficient way to find books and e-books is through the Classic Library Catalog.

Watch this video to learn how to search the library catalog, place holds, and limit your search to electronic resources:

Click on the Classic Library Catalog tab to search for books within Fordham University Libraries.

Broad search: Use the "Words or Phrase" option to search for words appearing anywhere in the Catalog (does not search full text of books).

Narrower search: Use "Subject" option to find books about specific authors or topics.

Sample subject terms:

  • Maya Angelou
  • Literature and Equality
  • Shakespeare and Gender
  • Graphic novels and Criticism

Finding Articles

OneSearch is a great starting place to find academic articles. 

OneSearch simultaneously searches the library catalog and many of our electronic resources.

Both OneSearch and individual database have powerful features to help you find results.

Break your search into keywords or key phrases, and use Advanced Search to specify where your terms should be searched (e.g. title, abstract, subject, full text).

Use limiters to narrow your results. Suggested limiters include:

  • Full text
  • Academic journal or peer reviewed article
  • Subject
  • Date 

Choosing Keywords

This video demonstrates how to transform a research question into keywords.

Source: "PATH: Lighting Your Way From Research to Writing" from University of North Carolina Greensboro via Kansas State University.

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Citing Sources & Writing Help

Generative AI

Check with your professor about their course policy before using generative AI.

Generative AI uses language prediction models to produce text, images, and more. It is also "trained" by humans with example conversations. It is limited to knowledge pulled from its training data and can sometimes produce responses that sound correct but are false or nonsensical. 

Using AI-generated ideas, text, images, or other output without properly citing it is considered plagiarism. For information on how to use sources in your writing, see the Writing Center’s guide Safeguarding Against Plagiarism

How do I cite Generative AI?

Refer to your citation style guide's website for the most up-to-date information on citing generative AI services like ChatGPT, Copilot, or Gemini:

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