EVDS 1660

Research Resources from UM Libraries 

Today we will look at:

  • Finding resources in the library collection (books, ebooks, peer reviewed articles, and images)

  • Library Services during the pandemic

  • Evaluating sources

  • Citation sources in Chicago Style

Research: Where to Start?

  • Get curious and inspired by searching before you select your topic

  • Brainstorm keywords based on what you know so far & what Qs you have     

  • Check reference sources for background info (dictionaries, encyclopedias, textbooks etc), add to keywords     

  • Check the library search     

  • Check the most relevant subject guide for databases to search     

  • Expand search via sources from bibliographies and new keywords

  • Gather citations as you research

Reference Books/Resources


(encyclopedias, dictionaries, etc)

  • Overview of a person, movement, sometimes a specific building
  • Recommended resources on Environmental Design subject guide:
    • Oxford Art Online
    • Credo Reference

UM Library Search

  • Very broad search engine - you may receive results from all subject areas (more results if you're signed in)
  • Where you can search all physical resources (books)
  • Content from some, not all, of the library's databases including resources like:
    •  ebooks
    • peer-reviewed journal articles
    • images (more results if you're signed into your account)


  • searching with more keywords = more specific and fewer results
  • searching with fewer keywords = more broad and more results

Search Tip

You can give the search more options by placing similar words in brackets, separated by OR


 (art OR architecture)

(Shang Dynasty OR Zhou Dynasty)

These will cause results to all have at least one of those words in the the title, description, and/or the text

Search Tips: More Results

Broadening Your Results

Try to articulate different ways of expressing a concept that you are searching through these strategies:

  • Placing OR between similar terms (design OR decoration)
  • Add an asterisk (*) to the end of a word to get results that include the root word as well as any possible endings:

Egypt* finds: Egypt, Egyptian

Architect* finds: Architect, Architects, Architecture, Architectural...

Christian* finds: Christian, Christians, Christianity...


Note: be careful where you place the *, for example Christ* would also find: Christmas, Christo (an artist)

Learn at the Libraries: Advanced Search

Search Tips: More Specific  

Narrowing Your Results

  • Place a phrase "in quotation marks" to search that exact phrase or order of words
    • ex. "gothic revival"
  • Use NOT to exclude unrelated content
    • union NOT soviet - for content about unions but not the Soviet Union




Learn at the Libraries: Advanced Search


Searching Images

  • Library Search - apply filter to limit resource type to images
    • If you're signed in this pulls images from databases including Artstor
    • All these results are copyrighted to use for educational purposes
  • Databases 
    • Go directly to image databases such as ArtStor or Oxford Art Online to search
  • Images in books, journals, and articles
    • The publication should have at least 9 other images to fall within fair dealing guidelines for copying an image
    • The library and/or UM Copyright Office can answer questions.
  • Images Via Google Images
    • Might be uploaded illegally or have copyright restrictions, check the terms of use and be cautious (ask for help if you're unsure)

Pandemic Library Services

Libraries COVID-19 Updates

  • Online/digital services always available
  • Books and Digitized Materials
    • request to pick-up books from locker
    • request a scan of a portion of a book (table of contents or up to 10% of content)
    • request items from other institutions that are not in the UM Library collection through the document delivery ("Request from another library" link in the Library Search)
    • HathiTrust: temporary electronic versions available of some print books.


Quick access instructions:

    1. Following the "Full text available in HathiTrust" link, click the LOG IN button in the top right corner. Select University of Manitoba as your partner institution.
    2. Sign in using your UM email account and your email password.
    3. At the bottom of the following page, under Viewability, there will be a Temporary Access link; click on that.
    4. If available, a "Check Out" button will appear on the following screen. If the book is currently in use, check back at a later time by refreshing the page.

Evaluating Sources

Learn at the Libraries: Evaluating



Currency - Is there a date the page was published or updated? How current are the cited sources? Are there broken links?

Relevancy - who is the intended audience?

Authority - is the author a recognized expert in this field?

Accuracy - supported with evidence (citations)? Peer-reviewed?

Purpose - to inform? teach? entertain? persuade? sell? Check the domain (eg: .com = commercial, .org = non-profit, .edu = educational...


Citing and Writing

For help with:

  • Resources for getting started with citations or questions about unusual/challenging citations
    • Quick help: Ask Us library chat
    • Reach out to Ashley (may take 1-2 week days)


For help with:


General Library Help

  • Check the Covid-19 Library Updates page for access current information
  • Questions about library account or how the UM Libraries work? The Undergraduate Help & Services page may have the answer
  • Use the Ask Us chat
    • This is the quickest way to chat with someone. If you place your question when we're not online live, we will get back to you the following morning.
  • Subject Guides
  • Learn at the Libraries
    • For tips and resources on searching the library, evaluating resources, and citations
  • Contact Ashley for help with search strategies for your topic or assignment, advice on which databases to use, and citation questions


Research Support