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Research & Citing: Find

Searching is strategic

Prepare a search strategy

Remember all those kewords? Now's the time to put them to use. First, you need to decide which database to use. Think about your topic. Is it interdisciplinary? If so, a good general database for scholarly resources is Academic Search Complete. If you need resources in a more specific subject area, try browsing our GALILEO databases by subject.

Also consider what type of sources you need. Do you need:

  • Primary or secondary sources?
  • Scholarly or popular, or a mix of both?
  • "Up-to-the-minute" information or historical?

If you are having trouble deciding which database to use, ask us. We can help you.

Your next step is to put your keywords together. Combine them using AND to narrow your search, and OR to broaden it. If at first you don't succeed, try different words, synonyms, and related concepts.

For more about using AND, and OR to combine search words, check out this document:



  • Avoid full sentences
  • Use precise language
  • Keep expanding your list of related terms
  • Look beyond the first few results
  • Be persistent!!

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