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Search & Research

Mastering the library databases


Welcome to the Search & Research guide. This instructional guide will introduce you to database searching. Understanding how databases use your search terms will help you search effectively. This guide will introduce you to different strategies to find what you need in Shapiro collections. We will also explore how to adjust your searches when they aren't working. Navigate through the pages in this guide to learn more.


With this guide you will:​

  • Learn about Keyword and Boolean searching
  • Learn how to choose the best database for your topic
  • Explore the non-linear nature of research

Library Website

Shapiro Library's website is your portal to many resources. Watch the video below for a brief introduction to our resources and how to connect with reference librarians for help when you need it.