Doing Research: An Introduction to the Concepts of Online Searching
Tips for Searching Catalogs and Databases
In addition to the search techniques covered in the "Doing Reserach Tutorial" above, the following techniques can improve your success with online searching, whether you're searching a catalog for books or a database for articles:
- Enter phrases in quotes: "film noir" or "spaghetti western"
- Use truncation symbols to search for alternate word endings: In most databases, entering cultur* searches for culture and cultural.
- If one term doesn't work, try a few others. Experiment with different vocabulary related to your topic. Brainstorm ideas for relevant keywords and use background sources such as CQ Researcher, Facts on File, Wikipedia and encyclopedias for suggestions.
- Try using a couple of different databases.