Preparing for your first database can be intimidating. Don't worry! The Database Relationship Coaches are here to prep you, so you can have a smooth experience. On this page, we'll teach you how to spot red flags and maneuver through awkward situations. Take our advice, and you'll be going on your second database in no time!
First, you need to know where to meet your database. Follow these three easy directions to navigate to the databases:
Second, you need to know how to approach a database and start a conversation. If you give a database a long question, it may get confused or overwhelmed. Stick to a few keywords for each topic you want to know more about.
What is the relationship between fungal cells and plant development?
"Fungus" AND "Plants"
There are some things you don't want to talk about on a first database, so set some boundaries. In the search options, under your keywords, you can choose additional options to make sure your conversation stays on track.
If you like the database, you'll want to make plans to meet again. If you ask nicely, your database might give you their citation information. Don't forget to save the information to your OneDrive.
Use the following resources to help you develop your database skills!