Database search skills are essential to your success as an online student and researcher. Most of us are very comfortable using internet search engines to get millions of results. However, getting a million results when doing a Library database search is not a desirable outcome. Who has time to look through a million articles?
When searching the Library databases, you want to find items that just fit your topic and the requirements for your discussion, assignment, or capstone. The goal of this guide is to teach you the skills necessary to efficiently search the Library databases to find and save the information you need. Specifically, this guide will cover how to:
As you go through this guide, please remember that it takes time and practice to develop your database search skills. Have some fun with the process; don't be afraid to try things out and see what happens!
Even for experienced researchers, searching the Library databases involves a certain amount of trial and error. Once you've mastered a few skills and concepts, you'll be well on your way to being an expert database searcher.
Did you find what you needed?
Yes: Save your search results!
No: Try the steps (2-5) over again!