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Search Strategies Simplified: Essentials of Search

Learn the essentials of search!

Evaluating Sources

Don't Just Find Sources.

Evaluate Them!

Scholarly Vs. Popular

Magazines. News. Journals.
What's the Difference?

Search Tips

  • See this example search using several search techniques. 
  • Use keywords instead of a string of words or question. See this video
  • Avoid stop words, like a, an, the & prepositions.  
  • Find words next to one another with phrase searching. See this video
  • Connect, synonymize & exclude with Boolean operators. See this video
  • Expand your search with truncation. See this video
  • Limit the junk with .edu and .gov domain searches. Try it here.

Combined Domain Search (.edu & .gov)

Perform a search restricted to .edu & .gov sites

Talking to Databases

Databases Don't Speak 'Human'!

Click on Image To Learn How Databases Speak.

Info Lit Series

Are You Information Literate?
Watch This Video To Find Out.