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Planetary Science 9600Y Library Session

This course guide contains information about and links to resources relevant to the Planetary Science 9600Y (Planetary Science Seminar) library information session.

Developing Search Strategies

  • Select keywords from your research topic
  • Find synonyms or related terms for each of the keyword you identified above
  • Use Boolean operators (AND, OR) to connect your keyword; Combine concepts using AND, and combine alternate terms within a concept using OR
  • Select search tools (library catalogue, databases, etc.)
  • Conduct your search
  • Review your search results and revise your search if necessary

Develop your search strategies using the Search Strategy Worksheet in the Library Handout

Finding information on your topic

If you are new to your topic or would like to start by reading some more general background information, here are some good places to start:

Note: Review articles, an important source of background information, can be really helpful in getting started: They synthesize key research on your topic and normally are written by experts in your fields. Review articles are generally published in journals and can be found in databases.

You can find primary information sources, such as articles and conference papers, in the following databases:


What if the library doesn't have an article or book you want?   Use the Interlibrary Loan / RACER system to request it from another library (generally free of charge for Western users).