3 Part 3: Finding Sources in the Library

BOSS

If you are unfamiliar with using the library to search for sources. Watch the following video to learn some basics about our main search system, called BOSS.

Library search basics
Video: Library Search Basics

In addition to doing general keyword searches like the video above describes, you can also use BOSS to search for an entire newspaper or magazine, or for specific article that you know the title of.

Searching for an Entire Publication

Do this when you want to see an entire issue of a newspaper, magazine, or journal, or if you want to search within a specific publication for your terms.

Why is this useful? Maybe you want to look for every article the New York Times published about Hurricane Katrina in September 2005.

Follow these steps to search for an entire publication. Note: You will need to log into the Library.

  1. Type the name of the publication in the search box and search.
    "New York Times" in the BOSS search box
    Searching for a publication in BOSS
  2. Click on the title to open a window with more details.
    Search result for "New York Times"
    Returned results
  3. Follow the link next to “full text available” to access the publication in the database.
    Window with more details about the New York Times resource
    Window with more details about the resource

Once you are in the database, look for a search box that says, “Search within this publication” or “Search within journal.” Enter your search terms in that box to search for any article that contains those words.

Finding an Article by Title

It is possible that during your research, you came across an article that you wanted to view, but couldn’t access. Imagine you found an article on the LA Times website but can’t access it because you are not a subscriber. The library has probably already paid for access, but you have to go through the library’s website to get there.

Follow these steps to search for an article you know the title of:

  1. Type the title (at least the first 4-5 words) into the search box, as demonstrated in the example below.
    Search for article “Police Officers charged in deaths in hurricane’s aftermath” in BOSS search box
    Searching for a title in BOSS
  2. Click on the article title to open a window with more details.
    Search result for "Police Officers charged in deaths in hurricane’s aftermath."
    Returned results
  3. Look for the “full text available” link to a databases, and follow it. This should take you directly to the article in one of the library’s databases.
    Window with more details about the New York Times article
    Window with more details about the article

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