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This unit covers how to choose and use a database correctly, and how to craft your research question (and related vocabularies) into search queries that can be understood by computers.


• Distinguish a database from other types of information collections
• Identify the coverage of a database
• Understand the concept of field, or advanced searching in a database
• Construct effective search queries using logical operators and related strategies

Library Learning Outcomes

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After this module, the student should be able to:

2d. Select information resources (catalog, databases, search engines) appropriate for the research topic.
2e. Use various search techniques such as keywords, controlled vocabulary, limiters, Boolean operators, and truncation to find relevant items.
3a. Understand that search results may be presented according to various ordering principles (e.g. relevance ranking, author, title, or date).
3d. Analyze the search results and determine whether the search should be refined.