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Seaching Basics


  • When searching a database, do not type questions or phrases into a search box
  • Only use phrases with quotation marks if you want to find an exact phrase
  • Use keywords (the core content words) in search boxes
  • If you are getting too many results or irrelevant ones, narrow your search with additional keywords. If you are finding too few results, expand your search using synonyms combined with OR. See Quick Tips on Research Basics

A Sample Search

Suppose you are researching whether or not there is a relationship between violence in the media and aggressive behavior. In the sample search shown below, I typed media violence AND aggressive behavior in the box under Articles on the Library's homepage. By default, the database combines them with AND  (both terms must appear in the article). (see Quick Tips on Research Basics).

When you do the search a new window will open with a list of results. Remember to limit the date through Publication Year. Click on the link labeled View Full Text or Access Online to see the full article.



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