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Database Search Tips: Overview

Google might be intuitive, but databases require more perseverance. These tips can help you find the needle in the database haystack. Content created by MIT Libraries, available under the Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial License.

Overview

  • The key to being a savvy online searcher is to use common search techniques that you can apply to almost any database, including article databases, online catalogs and even commercial search engines.
  • This is important because searching library databases is a bit different from searching Google.
  • The techniques described in this section will enable you to quickly retrieve relevant information from the thousands of records in a database.
  • When you search a database and do not get the results you expect, ask us for advice. The librarian is happy to help you find what you need.

And then there's Google

To brush up on your advanced search techniques in Google, check out their Refine web searches page and their Advanced Search page.

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