Searching academic databases is different than searching an Internet search engine such as Google. When you search in an Internet search engine, you simply type in your research question. When you search a library database, you must break your research question down into components called keywords.
Effective database searching requires that you generate a keyword list, that is, words that mean the same thing.
Before you can begin searching for information in a print or online resource, you need to identify keywords related to your topic. Key terminology can be found easily by scanning:
If you are still struggling, then try these suggestions:
When searching for journal articles, you will notice the View Now button on many of your search results. Clicking on the View Now button will lead you to links for the full-text of the article or let you know that we do not have electronic full-text for that article.
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To improve the quality of your search results, consider trying:
(borrowed from Valerie Perry's Agriculture Research Guide)