Speech & Hearing
Library databases are not free sources. The information in the databases is well-organized, carefully selected, and in many cases, peer-reviewed. This gives you more control over your searching, allowing you to broaden or focus your search as necessary. Google instead searches the surface of the open web, making it difficult to find reliable quality information.
Database searching is different from Google searching. Below are some tips for searching databases.
- Break your topic into key words or phrases
- Combine with AND to get fewer results (Diabetes AND exercise)
- Combine with OR to get more results (Dementia OR Alzheimer's)
- Try different searches using a different combination of your words and phrases
- As you skim your results look for new words, phrases, and ideas that relate to your topic
- Keep trying! Searching often takes time and requires trying multiple searches in a few different databases
- Ask for help
When searching in databases you can use limits (normally on the left or right of your search results page, or in the advance search) to focus on specific format.
Some databases include links to the full text article (look for a pdf or html link). If there is no full text follow the link to automatically search other Library databases, or to request it through Inter-Library Loan.
For additional information on finding articles see the "Finding Articles" Guide. See below for some database searching techniques.
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