Database Search Tips

A helpful guide adopted with permission from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology for the simple purpose of highlighting common search techniques.

Overview

  • 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.
  • If you are still unable to get the results you expect, please contact Ask a Librarian.