Answered By: Jennifer Harris
Last Updated: Apr 29, 2019     Views: 357

Where do I search?

If your topic is broad or multi-disciplinary, a good starting point for your research is the Multi-Search on the library homepage. This search engine looks through many of our article and ebook databases at once, and is effective at “casting a wide net” and returning results from a broad variety of sources.

Screenshot of the multi-search on the library website.

If your research topic falls within a specific field of study, then you may find better results using the subject-specific databases on the A-Z Database List. For guidance finding databases on specific subjects, see this FAQ: How do I find a database on a specific subject?

Another good option for subject-specific research is the use of a Research Guide. Research guides are created by librarians to assist you in finding resources on a particular subject or for a specific course. Click here for information about why and when you may want to use Research Guides in your research.

How do I search?

The Multi-Search and the library databases work well with keyword searching. For tips on using keywords and other techniques for effectively using the Multi-Search and the individual databases, see our Getting Started with Research guide.

Subject searching is another useful search technique that allows you to search by categories, which are found in the “subject” field of an item record. For more information on subject searching, see this FAQ: What is subject searching and how can I use it?


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