Searching in a Library Database

Searching in a Library Database


When you search for something in Google, you
can use complete sentences like, “how do I get a passport?” Searching in a library database can take some
strategic exploration to find the information and sources you need. Use keywords related to your topic or research
question, like childhood obesity, poverty, and United States. Words like the, of, in, and effect are less
likely to be useful in a database search. Results that include those keywords in the
title and throughout the text will surface to the top of the list. Library databases automatically combine keywords
with and. Each keyword must be present somewhere in
the full text. Use or to broaden your results, your results
could include either term, but not necessarily both. Try synonyms and related terms, like childhood,
or children, or youth. Use quotation marks around common phrases
like the “united states”and “childhood obesity” to narrow your search and keep those words
together in your results. Use quotation marks carefully. You might limit your search by requiring too
many words in that exact order. Research is a process of trial and error. Experiment with different search tools, keywords,
and strategies to see what works best for your topic. If your not sure what to try next, chat with
a librarian.

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