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BMB 110: Plagues Past and Present Course Guide

Selecting a Disease: Some Sources of Inspiration

Researching Your Topic

Search Tips

Check database guides for detailed instructions.


  • Document your research process--list the databases you used, the search terms you tried, etc.
  • In many databases, the "advanced" search option will provide more options and flexibility
  • Try using official subject terms (using the "thesaurus", "headings", "MeSH", etc. options)
  • Try alternative terminology: leprosy or Hansen's disease
  • Truncate or use a wildcard (usually *): polio* to find polio as well as poliomyelitis
Combining Terms
Leprosy and art
  AND narrows a search, 
      finding only results containing both terms.
Leprosy or Hansen's Disease
  OR expands a search, finding 
      results containing either or both terms.

Commonly available limits: publication year, language (and sometimes "human").

Finding Materials at Fogler Library...and Beyond

See Finding Items at Fogler Library and Getting Items from Other Libraries.


  • Most article copies requested from other libraries are free, but sometimes the other libraries charge delivery and copying fees. On the request form, indicate the maximum cost you are willing to pay in case there is a charge.
  • Photocopied articles are sent to Fogler Library.
  • If you are going to visit another library, call before you travel. Check hours, policies, copying fees, and whether the issue you need is available.


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