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Begin Research: Expert Searches

Wrong Result? Too Many Hits?

Student frustrated with wrong results

Simple search terms can often turn up thousands of results. Quality is more important than quantity when searching for good sources for your assignment. Make the most of the time you spend on research by becoming an expert searcher.

These tips will help you to use search options and to narrow a large result effectively.

  • Use subject headings
  • Search for your names and terms in fields
  • Use Boolean operators
  • Truncate your search terms
  • Narrow your search with limits or facets
  • Sort your results by title, date, or relevance.

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