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Search MRU Library


Things to remember when using Library Search:

  1. Sign in to save searches, items, and to request materials.

  2. Use the pin icon to save books and articles. 

  3. Use the filters on the right. You will use Availability, Resource Type, and Date filters most often.

  4. Some items won't be available. You can request unavailable items using interlibrary loan.

  5. When viewing an item record, scroll down to the Get It or Full-Text section to get the item.

  6. Use the Virtual Browse when viewing a record of a print book to see books on the same topic

You can search in a way to combine or omit different terms by telling the search engine exactly what you want…this can help you save some time (and frustration!)

  • Use quotation marks to keep phrases together "scholarship of teaching and learning"

  • Use  AND to combine search terms biology AND teaching AND undergraduate

  • Use OR to connect two or more similar terms "SoTL OR "scholarship of teaching and learning"

  • Use NOT to omit unwanted results "curriculum design"  AND undergraduate NOT "K-12"

  • Use wild cards to substitute a letter or suffix with a symbol technolog*

Note: Google uses different commands: ~; -; +;

The University of Leeds Library breaks down the steps of how to refine your search very nicely.


University of Waterloo Library provides an extensive list of possible search terms to apply

Tips from a personal hero  - “SoTL is a strawberry field,” and we need to look within a variety of patches" (M. MacMillan, 2016).  Try to think about your topic and possible terms by grouping them by phenomenon, population, methods & discipline.  

Example Question #1

What are strategies in assessing how a course assignment with a student activism component changes student's views on civic engagement?

"social activism" AND "course assignment" AND assessment

"civic engagement" AND "teaching and learning"    *(tip - I add terms like SoTL, Hutchings, etc, to ensure I am getting SoTL literature)

"letter writing" AND activism AND "course assignment" AND academic performance

"letter writing" AND activism AND likert AND teaching  *(add different assessment tools/methods to your search - eg: survey, qualitative interviews).

Example Question #2

What are Chemistry professor's perceptions on undergraduate student learning and retention?

chemistry AND "student learning"  faculty OR professors 

Chemistry AND "faculty perceptions" AND "student learning" AND STEM

interviews AND "chemistry professors" AND "student learning" 

SoTL Journals by Discipline

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