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A Guide to Books, Journals, Websites, and Other Resources
Last Updated: Jan 16, 2014 URL: Print Guide RSS Updates

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Useful Links

  • Validate your ID
    To access online resources you must validate your ID each semester. Online validation is not immediate - you can also go into any UH Library to validate your ID.
  • Book-a-Librarian
    Did you know you can make an individual appointment with a librarian? Get help with finding sources, citing sources, Laulima, computer basics, etc.
  • Loans from other Libraries
    Borrow articles and books from other libraries. A free service.

Search Tips

Does the database allow you to limit your search terms to only the title field to retrieve more relevant results?

Does the database have a standardized list of subject headings that are used to tag all books or articles that are on the same subject?

Does the database allow you to limit your results to a certain geographic area?


Most databases will let you use these tricks:

Truncation is used to find variations of a word ending:

Hawai* {note only one i} will find Hawaii, Hawaiʻi, Hawaii's, Hawaiʻi's, Hawaiian, Hawaiians, Hawaiiana

navigat* will find navigate, navigating, navigation, navigators

Wildcards allow you to find variations within a word:

wom?n will find woman and women

organi?ation will find organization and organisation

Phrase searching will keep two or more words together:

"quantum theory"  "multiple personality"  "marine biology"

WARNING: different databases use different symbols!  You must check the Help area of each database to know what to use.  For example, Voyager uses a ? for truncation and % for wildcard, while EBSCOhost uses a * for truncation and ? for wildcard.

Films on Demand

Films On Demand is a state-of-the-art platform streaming educational videos in numerous subject areas, including Business, Health, Humanities, Maths, and Sciences - both Natural and Social.  Ask your instructor if you can use a film clip as a source for your paper/project.

Research Strategy

Zotero and Mendeley are two freely-available bibliographic management programs.

Mookini Library subscribes to RefWorks, an online bibliographic management service that allows UH Hilo faculty and students to store and organize citations and can automatically create a bibliography* from the citations. {Sorry, not available for Hawai'i CC users at this time.} RefWorks takes some getting used to, but is a valuable tool.  It has good tutorials and help pages or you can Book-a-Librarian for an introduction.

* You are still responsible for verifying the correctness of the automatically-created bibliography, but that's still easier than typing the citations yourself!

How To Do Academic Research

Some Things You MUST Accept About Academic Research

1.  Academic Research takes TIME - much more than you think.  Finding any information is easy, thanks to Google.  But finding GOOD information requires some effort.

2.  Academic Research is a trial-and-error process: you will search, see what you get, look for other keywords, subject headings, and alternative terms authors use that you hadn't thought of... and then use those to search again.

3.  Academic Research requires looking in more than one place.  The really important scholarly stuff isn't available freely on the Internet and isn't collected conveniently together - you'll have to search several databases, depending on the types of sources you need.  {You did read your assignment to find out what types of sources you're supposed to be looking for, right?}

4.  You will read much more than you will use.  You may only need 5 sources, but you will probably review 2-3 times that many to find the 5 that are best for your particular need.

5.  Ready for some good news?  Most academic sources have a list of references - just like the one you need to create - so often one source will lead you to other sources on your topic.


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