Web Search Strategies and Video
Search Tips and Videos
These time-saving tips will make your database and online searching more efficient and precise.
- Use quotation marks to create a bound phrase (such as "jazz age").
- Use AND to narrow your search results. Use OR to link synonyms or similar terms to expand search results. Use NOT to eliminate results that do not match your search need.
- Use INDEX in databases (if provided) to find related subjects or more precise wording to describe your subject.
- When you find a helpful article, look at the keywords describing the article and expand your search using those terms. Also, skim Bibliography to locate helpful articles and mine those resources for further exploration of related research.
Library Databases and How to Cite Them
(Ma Rainey singing in Chicago in the 1920s. Encyclopædia Britannica Image Quest. Web. 12 Mar 2013.)
Databases can be accessed at school or at home. The little blue circle with the i on it provides information on citing the database using NoodleTools.
View passwords on Database Passwords GoogleDoc.