On this page you'll find tips on how to search primarily for books and journal/magazine articles. See tabs above for info on finding news sources, multi-media and online sources.
If searching for material on a particular place, use the following subject headings and the name of the country/territory within the Voyager Subject tab. For instance, use Art Vanuatu for books about art created in Vanuatu or by Ni Vanuatu (the indigenous people of Vanuatu). For books that cover broader areas, use either one of the below with Micronesia, Melanesia, Polynesia, Pacific or Oceania.
By and About an Artist
If your looking for things that have been written by a particular artist, use the Author (Last Name First) search in the Basic Search mode.
For things written about an artist, use the Subject Browse search in Basic Search mode -- make sure to again search by last name first.
So in other words, if you search for Pule, John in the Author (Last Name First) search, you will find books by the Niuean artist, novelist and poet John Pule. If you search for Pule, John in the Subject Browse, you will find books about him.
Note: These "by" and "about" searches will generally only work for well-known artists, who have either themselves written books or had books written about them. For lesser know artists, see the "Google Books" tab at right, as well as how to search for journal articles (most artists will be written about in magazines and journals before they will make it into books).
Outlined below is an overview process meant to get you started on your search. Often the best search strategy for finding Hawaiʻi and Pacific related material follows these five steps, in this order:
1) Search Voyager (books and media);
2) Search Google Books (books);
3) Search the Hawaii-Pacific Journal Index (HPJI) (articles);
4) Search OneSearch (articles)
5) Search Google Scholar (articles)
Voyager - books and media catalogued and held at UH
1. Keyword searching
2. Subject Searching
Hawaii-Pacific Journal Index (HPJI) (for articles about Hawaiʻi and the Pacific)
OneSearch includes the UH Voyager Catalog plus a huge index of academic journals on most topics. Also includes conference papers, maps, government documents, music scores, DVDs, archives & manuscripts, and more. OneSearch does not find everything that the library has, but it is a useful starting point for looking for a wide variety of material.
Google Scholar (searching for articles in scholarly journals)