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Searching for information: a practical guide


Searching for information is not always straightforward. We got a bunch of librarians to suggest some insider pointers and useful techniques.

YorSearch is the University's Library catalogue. It lets you search against every item the Library holds, both physical and electronic.

Using YorSearch

YorSearch is the place to look for books, journals, and other materials held by the Library.

Getting to grips with YorSearch


YorSearch quiz

You will need to use the library catalogue, YorSearch, to find books and other resources to support your academic studies.

The link below will open YorSearch in another tab or window of your browser. Use YorSearch to answer the questions that follow.

Click on the blue box that corresponds to the right answer for each of the following questions. Select the arrow below for the first question:

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Using the catalogue to look up the location of a book

The easiest way to find a known book in YorSearch is to search for the author's surname and a few distinctive words from the title.

You may find it useful to apply "Availability", "Resource Type", or "Library" filters from the right-hand side-bar to help limit your search to relevant items.

Question 1
What is the shelf location of "Funology: from usability to enjoyment" by Mark A. Blythe?

A 70 SMI
B 9.2 BLY
MA 102.71 COM

Question 2
Is the book "A theory of fun for game design" by Ralph Koster available electronically?


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Using the catalogue to access a journal

Journals are indexed in the YorSearch Library catalogue, as are most journal articles. If you can't find a journal article from its title, you may need to find the journal itself and then browse the journal's website for the article.

Question 3
Who are the authors of the article titled ‘Blood, sweat, and the influence of others’ in the e-journal Psychology of Sport and Exercise, volume 15, issue 5, September 2014, pp. 491-497?

Nicola Clarke
Chris Harwood
Jed Jacobson
Lelan Matthaeus
Carly Priebe
Kevin Spink

Question 4
Do we have electronic access to volume 20 (2005) of the journal Fungal Diversity?


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