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Database Search Help

Learn useful tips to search in databases more effectively.


Effective searching in Library-subscribed databases is somewhat different from commercial search engines such as Google. The techniques/tips described in this guide will help you quickly and effectively retrieve relevant information from Library databases. There are two sections in this guide: 

Useful Search Tips: Learn how to identify keywords, understand subject headings, use boolean operators, and other important techniques to improve your search skills. 

Guides & Tutorials (Popular Databases): Check out specific User Guides and/or Tutorials for popular databases subscribed by the Library, such as EBSCOhost and ProQuest. 

Most importantly, if you need further help searching the Library's databases, please feel free to visit the Information Desk on level 3 of the Main Library or request a research consultation.  Our librarians are happy to help you find what you need.