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Database Searching


  • The key to being a savvy online searcher is to use common search techniques that you can apply to almost any database, including article databases, online catalogs and even commercial search engines.
  • This is important because searching library databases is a bit different from searching Google.
  • The techniques described in this section will enable you to quickly retrieve relevant information from the thousands of records in a database.
  • When you search a database and do not get the results you expect, Ask Us for advice. Library staff are happy to help you find what you need.


Parts of this guide are adapted from:

"How to Improve Database Search Results" from UW Health Science Library

Database Search Tips from MIT Libraries