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Effective database searching

A guide to using databases, and effective search techniques.

Guide overview

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

  • Introduce you to electronic 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