Strategies for Finding Secondary Literature Bio14

Now that you have learned what secondary literature is, the next step is to find it by accessing the Tufts Catalog. Here you will find records of all books, journals, CD-ROMS, videos, etc., owned by the Tufts Libraries (including Tisch, the Health Sciences Library (Boston), the Veterinary Library (Grafton), and the Ginn Library (Fletcher.)).

  1. Open a IE or Firefox session and go to the Tisch Library homepage
  2. Select Library Catalog.
  3. Connect here to search on your own.

Strategies for Finding Secondary Literature in the Tufts Catalog

Guidelines Example Results
Search by:


gould, stephen

Browsing screen, 31 titles


ever since darwin

Browsing screen, 1 title

Journal Title


Browsing screen, 3 titles



Browsing screen



5000+ matches

Narrow Keyword Search by:

Phrase searches

"infectious disease"

178 matches

Combining concepts: use "and"

disease and infectious

323 matches

Exclude a concept: use "and not"

disease and infectious and not virus

281 matches

Add other keywords: use "and"

disease and infectious and evolution

22 matches

Broaden search by:

Truncate keyword: use "**"


13,000 + matches

Combine synonyms: use "or"

diseas** or illness**

14,000 + matches

Following subject links in item record will lead to related resources

Animal Biodiversity and Emerging Diseases  




  1. Each catalog record gives the location and call number of a library resource. If the item is a book, the catalog says whether the book is checked out or available.
  2. Choose a subset of your search by checking the box under "Select", then clicking on "Save Selected" box.
  3. Display, download or email selected list by choosing the View Selected box.
  4. All periodicals owned by Tisch Library are in the catalog. Search the title of the journal in the catalog to see if we have it.
  5. If you want to find a book or journal not owned by the library, see What to do When Your Material is Not on the Shelf or Not Owned by Tisch Library.
  6. Continue to Primary Literature Overview.