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Search Tips for Library Resources
How to Choose the Right Database
- If you are unsure of which databases to use or you want to search multiple databases at the same time, start with Ebsco Discovery Service, which covers multiple topics and finds information from books, electronic books, streaming video, journal articles and more.
- If your topic is a health issue, select the subject group EBSCO Health/Medical Databases OR select another medical database, such as Ovid Nursing OR Health and Medicine.
- If your topic addresses a social issue, use Opposing Viewpoints, Issues and Controversies, OR SIRS Issues Researcher
- Use a newspaper database such as Access World News to find statistics, the most current updates, or local (Wisconsin or Milwaukee) information.
Using the Right Search Terms
- What words describe my topic?
- eating disorders in children
- Can my topic be divided into smaller topics?
- Topic 1 – children
- Topic 2 – eating disorders
- What other words describe my topic?
- Topic 1 – children or youth or boys or girls or preteens or youngsters
- Topic 2 – anorexia or binging or bulimia or compulsive eating or purging
- What do I type in the search box? Sample searches:
- child* and anorexia
- boys and “eating disorder”
- girls and bulimia
Limiting and Expanding Searches
- Use quotation marks if you want to search an exact phrase.
- “college loans”
- “financial aid” and loans
- “wireless networks”
- When searching for 2 or more topics, use the word AND to join the terms together.
- Facebook and privacy
- ipad and features
- violence and television
- Truncate words to search for all forms of the word. Most commonly used truncation symbols are: * OR ?
- comput* will retrieve items with the words: compute, computer, computers, computing, and computation.
- If your search results are too large, use more specific terms for your topic.
- Instead of sports, use basketball
- If your search results are too small, use more general terms for your topic.
- Instead of Porsche, use “sports cars”
- Nouns make the best search terms. Use descriptive search terms such as:
- “herbal medicine”
- “nonverbal communication”
- “identity theft” and prevention
- Do NOT put terms such as: with, as, into, more in the search box. These words have no meaning of their own and can be found in every information source.
- OR- Retrieves all results that have either word in them
- dogs OR cats (everything with the word dog and also everything with the word cat)
- AND- Retrieves only items that have both words in them
- dogs AND cats (items with both the word dog and cat in them)
- NOT- Retrieves items that do not have that word in them
- dogs NOT cats (items with the word dog and don't have the word cat)
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