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INFO 101 (SSW): HOW DO I... Find Library Sources?

Timesaving Strategies

  • Put phrases "in quotes".

  • Use OR to combine synonyms:

  • Use AND to combine main ideas of your topic/question.

  • Truncate (with *) to get all variations of a search term

  • Change important search terms to Subjects for narrower and more relevant results


  • Start with the Title and the Abstract (or summary) of the article.

  • Then scan the Subject Headings to learn what the article’s focus areas are.

  • Notice if the type of article matches what you need; don’t get fooled by a book review or editorial.

  • See if you have access to the full-text of your chosen article, possibly in another database

Searching is strategic

This tutorial will offer students some ways to make their searching more efficient and productive.

Find Magazine or News Articles or Broadcasts

Find Books and Documentary Films

Search the Library Catalog for books, films, ebooks, streaming media, and more.


Research databases: what are they and why are they useful?

This tutorial provides an excellent explanation of databases and why they're useful. It was created by the librarians at Yavapai College.