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Tips for locating books, films, etc.

  • Use keywords related to topics you are interested in.  For example, search for panhandling, but also try begging and vagrancy

  • Try subject terms that begin with urban or urbanization

  • Use synonyms of urban: city or cities or municipal

  • Browse the subject lists to generate ideas

  • Limit searching to Tacoma Campus Library by using the UW Libraries Search (Beta) so that you can physically locate a book within a few minutes of identifying it.

  • Remember to stop occasionally and assess what you are finding.  Pull some books from the shelves and take time to look at them.

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