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Liaison librarian

  • Tara [dot] Mawhinney [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Email) 514-398-4764
  • McGill users only
  • Open access resource
  • Free resource
  • In-library-use only
  • Catalogue record

Office hours

Office hours are held in Room 206 on the main floor of Schulich Library. Please tara [dot] mawhinney [at] mcgill [dot] ca (email me) to make other arrangements if you are not available at the following time:

  • Tuesdays, 11-12pm for the fall 2014 semester

1. Sources for background information

If you are not sure what your topic is all about, look it up in a dictionary or encyclopedia. Start with:

2. Searching the library catalogue

Use the basic word(s) anywhere or advanced keyword search in the library catalogue. You can search using words like - transportation, logistic?, flow, planning, etc.

Search tips for the library catalogue

Truncation symbol: ? e.g. analy? will retrieve catalogue records containing the words analysis, analyze, analyzing, analyse, analysing, etc.
Phrase searching: "___" e.g. "traffic flow" will retrieve catalogue records containing the phrase traffic flow
Boolean operators: (), AND, OR, NOT
default: AND
e.g. traffic AND (flow OR control) will retrieve catalogue records containing the word traffic AND either flow OR control

Get more catalogue search tips.

Searching Using Subject headings

Often keywords--natural language terms--are too diverse to round up everything in the catalogue on your topic.

To overcome this problem, once you have found some relevant items by searching using your own words, click on the title and examine the full view of each, especially the section called "LC Subject", where you will find the uniform subject heading used for your topic, and then redo your search using the "Subject begins with ..." option.

3.1 Core databases for Transportation

3.2 Additional databases for Transportation

General indexes

Other subject indexes

4. Selected Internet sites

5. Other resources

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