General Search Tips:
Check your spelling
Try using fewer words on your search
Try searching in more than 1 database. If the first database you look in doesn’t offer up any information, try another. It is very rare that you will find exactly what you need the first time.
Use Synonyms and related words in your search. Think of different ways to say the same thing
Use your Boolean Operators.
Remove any limiters from your search (date, page ranges, etc.)
Use more than one source if you think you’re dealing with questionable or biased information
Use more than one source if you are highlighting both sides of an issue
When you search the library catalog, write down the call number of the book. Go to the stacks and the browse the titles around this area. Books are organized by topic, so books that have the same topic will be near other books with the same topic or related to that topic on the shelf.
When doing background research on your topic, Internet searches can be useful. Web address with .gov and .edu are most likely to give you the most accurate information. Remember that anyone can put up a webpage online. Always back up the information you find in a more reliable source such as an article from a database or a book.
Remember to ALWAYS CITE YOUR SOURCES! This includes having an in-text citation after everything in your paper that is not common knowledge as well as a corresponding reference on your reference page. Check out the EasyBib link located on the Library homepage to help with citations.