Before you can start searching for the resources you need, you need to decide where to perform your search! Here are some quick tips to help you select a library database.
Explore the Research Databases subject pages.
You will notice that our LibGuides page offers links for several major topic areas. Clicking through to your topic area is a great way to start. Remember to consider any relevant subject page, especially if your topic is cross-disciplinary. Subject pages will also suggest common multidisciplinary databases. Also remember to read the descriptions of the contents of each database.
Consider searching multiple databases with SingleSearch...
...but remember that there are pros and cons to multi-database searches. While you can search more broadly, you will lose some ability to refine your search and may get more results not relevant to your topic.
You can use Boolean operators to build complex search strings. The three Boolean operators are AND, OR, and NOT; each has a specific function in a search string.
You can combine Boolean operators in to complex search strings such as:
(teens OR adolescents) AND (colleges OR universities) NOT (vocational)