Q: I just want a few tips to search better.
First off, go you. Wanting to learn more to make your life a bit easier going forward. Here are a few tips that you can use across different databases and indexes for better searches!
1. Learn about what the database offers:
Each database offers slightly different tools and options to help you focus your searches. Ask yourself “What am I looking for” and see what they offer. You may be able to focus your search by year, document type, journal, etc.
Many databases allow you to continue adding to and revising your search within the results, which can be very helpful!
You’ll also want to make sure that you’re searching in a place that’s likely to have the information you want. This can be especially challenging if you’re looking for resources other than books and articles.
2. Play around with words and phrases:
3. Change up where you search:
If I’m always going to the same database, I’m only searching a selection of what is available. Try plugging your search terms into a different general or discipline-specific database to see what else is out there.
4. Remember that typing things into a search bar isn’t the only way to find stuff:
5. Meet with a librarian:
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