Research Survival Guide

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Chapter 2: Tools & Searching

This module covers online databases; the characteristics of databases; and searching techniques.

When you have completed this module you should:

  • k–know how to choose an article database appropriate to your information need
  • understand what a database is and how it works
  • be familiar with keyword searching techniques like Boolean operators, truncation,
    and nested searches
  • be familiar with the 2 main types of articles databases and how to locate them on
    the library's web site
  • know what the SFX button or link is used for
  • know how to locate the library's online catalog and be familiar with the different
    ways to search the catalog
  • be able to request an item from another library using Interlibrary Loan (ILL)

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