How should I search in a database?

How should I search in a database?


so you’re ready to start your research
and you want to use one libraries databases but with so much information at your
fingertips what’s the best way to search through it all with keywords let’s start with your
research question first try to break that question down into a
list of ideas and figure out the most important ideas and words that describe
your search think nouns and try to avoid words like at and the that muddy up your search
from there you can add quotes to look for a
specific phrase you can start with the general search then refine it by date location or with
additional terms but that’s not the only tool at your
disposal many search engines use something called Boolean logic which means you can hone your search
with and or and not and narrows your results so if you
search for a light bulb and green you’ll only see results that
include both keywords while or broadens your search showing
your results that include either word using not also narrows your results by blocking topics that might send you
in the wrong direction with the search tricks up your sleeve
nothing should stand between you with the information you need but if
you ever need a little extra advice a librarian can be your guide

Danny Hutson

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