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LiONiL: Library Instruction Online for Information Literacy

Module 3: Searching for Articles in Online Databases

Identifying basic search techniquesPhoto of  a student thinking about a search strategy for locating articles in a periodical index.

There are a few basic search techniques and strategies you should know in order to use periodical databases
effectively.It is important to know how to:

1. apply Boolean operators.
2. search by keyword.
3. set up phrase searches correctly.
4. limit searches.

First lets take a look at Boolean operators.