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Explore Your Topic
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This search box on Auraria Library's home page searches everything owned by the library. You will find a diverse range of formats. Media, books, music, journal articles, and more can all be searched at once.
After you do your initial search, refine that search by using the menu on the left side of the screen.
The open Web is home to a wealth of great information (our government agencies, professional associations and many news publications).
Google search tips:
- search by domain extension: site:gov or site:UK. There are many extensions, some are for countries (.UK, .JP, .IN), others for industries (.JOBS is for HR departments)
- combine the site search with a filetype search -- site:UK filetype:xls (now we have spreadsheets people in the UK posted online)
Once you find it, evaluate it:
CRAAP test: Currency - Relevance - Authority - Accuracy - Purpose
Applying the CRAAP test seems easy on the surface. But in reality, any site can have misinformation. Be suspicious, assume bias, suspect fraud, double check facts.
Books - handbooks and encyclopedias
Handbooks and encyclopedias can help you develop a topic or search strategy.
Find Books via Auraria Library
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Find books and ebooks by using the search box on Auraria Library's homepage. Limit the search to Books only.
- Search for a book by author, title, subject or keyword(s) describing your topic.
- Your results will contain both print books and ebooks.
- For print books, write down the call number to locate the book in the Library.
- For ebooks, a green "Full Text Online" icon will appear beside the title. Click on the icon to access the full-text.