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Integrative Studio and Seminar Student Guide

A guide to research tools, resources and techniques for PUFY 1000, 1001 and 1011.

Databases

To access: Go to the library website and click on 'Browse Databases.'  The databases are organized alphabetically, by subject, and by type.

Ask Us if you need help selecting a research database, or if you have any suggestions or recommendations.

Library databases complement the library catalog.  We subscribe to hundreds of research databases and the library catalog links to only a portion of them.

Many of our databases index periodical articles -- newspapers, magazines, and scholarly journals.  They allow you to perform complex searches, and they feature tools for managing research.

Search Techniques

A few techniques that can be used in most databases...

Truncation - Enter the word root followed by an asterisk

femini* for feminine, femininity, feminism

Phrase searching - Enter search terms in quotation marks

"Malcolm X"  

Boolean searching - Combine search terms with logical operators AND, OR, NOT

Advanced searching - Search in specific fields, within a specific date range, and more.