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.
Browse through the complete list of our 100+ databases. Try using the dropdown menus at the top of the page to narrow the list.
To find a specific type of material or information, try one of these pages:
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These guides explain and organize the library's resources. Each one is tailored specifically to a major, class, or special topic.
Break down the research process into 10 steps, from selecting a topic to finishing your paper.
Not getting the search results you want? Try some of these tips and tricks.
Find out how to look critically at sources and determine if they are peer-reviewed and scholarly.
A guide to citing in APA, MLA, and Chicago.
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