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Different than Google
Last Updated: Oct 8, 2016 URL: http://carrollton.libguides.com/content.php?pid=618639 Print Guide RSS Updates

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Search Tools - To Get Started

SEARCH TECHNIQUES

 

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 the Librarian for advice.  She is happy to help you find what you need.

Research is Messy

Research is a messy process! There is no one-size-fits-all-research tools, and instead you need to blend a few resources together to get the right mix and discover appropriate resources for your need. There are a number of types of tools that have different types of resources. Below are your best bets for specific types of research, though the thoroughness of your results will vary.

Research Tools
Type of Resource

Destiny
(catalog)

Google
Scholar
Databases Google
(open web)

Library
web
search

Worldcat Subject
Guides
Librarian

Books   

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Scholarly Journal Articles      √          √      √      √        √

Special Collections

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Images          √         √      √      √        √
Audio        √          √         √      √        √      √        √
Data      √          √      √      √        √
Non-scholarly/ popular articles          √         √      √      √        √
Newspapers        √          √         √      √      √        √
Movies        √          √      √         √      √        √
Government Resources        √      √          √          √      √         √      √        √
      
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