Search the library's collection of books, e-books, videos, and more.
TIP: Qur'an and Koran are both used as a subject in the online catalogs. You will want to search using both spellings.
The OhioLINK Central Catalog allows you to find and borrow books, video and audio recordings from 88 Ohio colleges and universities.
Your words matter!
To find relevant sources for a topic, you need to figure out the best search terms to use, and how to combine them.
The online catalogs (Scholar and OhioLINK) use controlled vocabulary which frequently does not match the natural language used by the average person. It is a researchers job to discover the best terms to use.
1. Brainstorm KEYWORDS: Take 10 - 20 minutes and write down all the words you can think of that are related to your topic.
2. Create a search statement. Use Boolean operators (AND, OR, NOT) in your search statement.
Islam AND history (both words must be on the item record)
Islam AND histor* (* retrieves history, historical, historiography, etc.)
Qur'an OR Quran OR Koran (retrieves all 3 variations in spelling)
interpretation AND (Qur'an OR Koran) (nesting)
3. allows you to limit your search to "Material Type," "date range," etc.
3. Discover the controlled vocabulary being used for subjects. You can then use these words in your own searches, or search by subject.