This guide offers techniques for effectively searching library databases.
A key to getting good search results is to use common search techniques that you can apply to almost any database, including article databases, online library catalogs and even commercial search engines.
When you don't get the results you expect, ask a librarian for advice. Library staff are happy to help you find what you need. You can also look for the Help or ? icons on the individual databases.
Search tips summary by database
Basic vs. Advanced
Most databases offer the option of an advanced search. Don't be afraid to choose this option, even if you don't think you're an "advanced" searcher. It will give you many more options for refining your search.
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