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Browsing practices

Browsing is an effective practice when it comes to searching. It is a practice that can help you overcome the myth of existence. Just because you think that there should be a book or an article on your topic, this doesn't mean that there is one. Browsing may reveal dozens of relevant sources on your topic. This practice includes the following options:

  • Browsing results lists: Results lists from our Discovery provide you with a variety of sources including books and articles. On the results lists you can see icons indicating the type of source you are about to use, information about how to locate the source, and abstracts which introduce the source.
  • Browsing shelves: When you locate at least one book which is relevant to your topic and appears in print, you will be able to find more books on the same topic. This will happen, if you browse the shelf near this book, as all books with the same subject are shelved together. You can browse our shelves online through our Discovery and request the items you need. You can also browse the physical shelves when you visit our physical spaces.
  • Browsing references: References are alphabetical lists of sources. They appear at the end of a scholarly article, book, or book chapter. References list all the sources one author has used to write the work. Sometimes scholarly sources also provide lists of suggested readings. Browsing such lists, will reveal more sources on your topic that you could locate through our Discovery .

Click the tabs to check how the browsing options look like.

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