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The Other Half of Searching

To effectively search, going to the right places is half the battle.  The rest of the battle comes from searching and limiting to your best advantage such that your get the best results for what you need.

Word Choice

One of the important things to consider when searching is word choice.

  • Do not use phrases or ask questions in databases. 
  • Considering using synonyms if your search is not producing the results you need.

How to Refine Your Search Using Boolean Operators


  • While searching is much the same across databases, many databases will have preferences, capabilities, or hints will make it easier to find what you need. 
  • If you need specific instructions or assistance, please don't hesitate to ask the librarians.

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