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ENGL 012 - Kelowna

OCtopus (Library Search Engine)


Search OCtopus: Find Books, Articles, & More!


OCtopus Search & Result Tips!

  1. Advanced Search: use to add more fields to your search; this will help you keep your different concepts straight
  2. Research Starters: these built-in encyclopedia articles will give a brief overview to broad topics
  3. Click into title link of result to find a quick summary/abstract of the book or article result you want to look at and find helpful tool bars in right menu column (download, print, email, cite, permalink)
  4. Change the publication date of items you see with this slider: very helpful for gathering recent information!
  5. Check off Catalogue Only (Books & Media) for physical library items (print books, DVDs). Note Location & Call No. to find which collection area item is shelved at. Request items from other campus libraries
  6. Check off Resource Types: eBooks: open eBook PDF options rather than "Full Download" | OR click first into Most Relevant Pages or Table of Contents to more quickly find the chapter(s) or pages on your topic
  7. Check off Resource Types: Academic Journals for articles in literary and other scholarly journals
  8. More filters are below if you scroll down
  9. The method to access the item will always be in the top left, whether it is a PDF, "Full text finder," or "Retrieve Catalogue Item"
  10. Keep track of this information: you will need it for citations!
  11. Abstract: this is a summary of what an article is about
  12. DOI: a digital object identifier is a unique string of numbers to help people find articles. You will need it for citations!
  13. Cite button: use with caution! Check citation against Library Citation Style guides
  14. Permalink: click here to get a stable URL to the item: the URL in the bar at the top of the page will not work later

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