Database Search Tips

  • Not all databases are the same! Choose a database that closely reflects your topic to get better results. For example, if you are looking for medical information, you wouldn’t get relevant results in a business database.
  • Some database providers, such as OVID or EBSCO, allow you to search more than one database at the same time. This is not always a good idea. Often, a database will have a unique feature that’s not found in other databases—for example, subject term searching. If you search more than one database at a time, you won’t be able to take advantage of a particular database’s unique feature.
  • If you’re not sure what databases are the best for your purpose, contact a librarian. We can help you select the right database. Database providers are always adding new features, and we can show you how to take advantage of them!

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