Research Survival Guide

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Cal says...."When I would go to the library looking for books & articles, I used to feel completely lost . . . until I understood how to use an online database."

So what is an online database, anyway?

•Just as an index at the back of a book lets you quickly go to a topic
within the book, databases quickly sort through thousands of records
                                to identify resources on a topic.
  • A database can take many forms.  The most common databases used in
    academic research are: Article Databases & Library Catalogs
  • •Before you choose a particular database for your research, it
    is helpful to understand how a database works and to learn
    some fundamentals about searching . . .

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