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FYS 100: Using Our Databases

Supplemental material to FYS information literacy session

Finding the Best Databases for YOUR Needs

Need to find information? The library can help with that! Use our databases to find what you need. 

Follow the steps in the boxes below to get the most focused search results possible.

1. Get to our A-Z Databases page

From the library home page, click on the "Databases" tab:


4. Pick a Database from the Suggestions

If there's a yellow box that says Best Bets, choose a database from there.

2. Choose a Database by Subject...

In the left drop-down menu, click on a subject related to your topic:

5. Use Good Keywords to Search

Use brief keyword phrases, and note the suggestions that pop up as you're typing.

3...OR Choose by Type

You could also choose a database by the type of material you're looking for:

6. Make Your Results More Focused

Use the refining tools on the left side (or sometimes right) of the screen to tell the database exactly what you want and don't want. This is a great way to get more tailored results.