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Database Search Tips

This helpful guide, adopted with permission from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, highlights common search techniques.


  • 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 research guide will enable you to quickly retrieve relevant information from the thousands of resources in a database.
  • If you are still unable to get the results you expect, please contact Ask a Librarian.

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