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Database Searching

A good place to begin searching for articles are the library databases where you can search for journal articles, magazine articles, e-books, and more. As a Chatham student you have access to over 60 databases, accessible through the library webpage. Databases are subscription based and specific to an institution. Remember to always access the databases through the library homepage, using Google to search for a database name will not give you access.

There are two main ways to search the library databases:

  1. Use the All Resources tab on the library homepage.This will search the majority of the library's databases simultaneously.
  2. Use Find Databases to choose a specific database, or choose a database by subject.

Tips for Database Searching

  • Use your concept map to formulate a search
  • Join separate search terms together with AND
  • Do not use literal questions, or string multiple search terms together

Having a focused search is the first step in successful database searching, the next step is to use the database limiters to retrieve the specific type of information needed.

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