Searching and Collecting Resources
University of Washington Libraries is a world-class research library
system that has resources and services for researchers in all
disciplines. Depending on your area of study, how you research can vary
broadly. UW Librarians are here to help you navigate the ocean of
information out there and get you to the resources that matter to you.
There are a number of ways that librarians can help you.
If you are beginning research in an academic area, you can go to the Subject Guide for that discipline. Subject Guides are Web pages created by UW Librarians that gather the most important and useful resources for a particular discipline in one spot.
Click the “Ask Us!” link on any Libraries Web page to contact a librarian 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. You can chat online live, email, call and/or set up an appointment to talk one-on-one with a librarian.
Many librarians at the UW are subject specialists, which means they are experts in research resources for particular academic subjects and disciplines. Contact the subject specialist for your discipline to learn more about the best Libraries resources for you.
Learn some tools and strategies that will help you search more effectively. UC Berkeley has a five-step search strategy that will help you begin your search, and for those in the UW community, watch this search tutorial for specific tips on using Boolean functions, wildcards, controlled vocabulary, and other functions for improving your search strategy.