A brief overview of search techniques.
Be persistent in your searching.
Try both keyword and subject searching
Narrow a search by using subject headings. Locate subject headings by looking at the descriptors associated with pertinent articles and books.
Try these tips to narrow your search.
Try both singular and plural forms of words (use a "+" sign in SocSciAbs to search both singular and plurals e.g. religion+). Use an "*" in Academic Search Premier to get a variety of word endings.
If searching a compound word, try it as one word and as two words (e.g. rain forest or rainforest) to see which retrieves the most useful results.
If searching a term with an internal dash, search the term in each database with and without the internal dash (e.g. x-ray vs. x ray) to see which retrieves the most useful results.
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These pages will explain how to find specific kinds of material or types of information.
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Guides on researching specifically for you class, subject, or special topics.
This step-by-step guide will walk you through the research process from selecting a topic to finishing your paper.
Tips and tricks for getting the results you want while searching.
How to look critically at your sources, determine if they are 'scholarly', and what does peer-reviewed mean anyway?
Help with citing APA, MLA, and Chicago style.
How to get help from a real live human being.