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Effective database searching

A guide to using databases, and effective search techniques.

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Guide overview

This guide outlines useful methods you can use to find the information you need using databases. It will:

  • Introduce you to online databases and the information they contain
  • Offer guidance on choosing which database(s) to search
  • Show you how to analyse what you want and plan a search
  • Teach you some techniques for searching efficiently and comprehensively
  • Introduce you to ways of saving your results
  • Suggest what to do next with your references

Further support with your search

If after reviewing this guide you would like some individual support with choosing databases and constructing an effective search please contact your Academic Liaison Librarian: