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Searching Databases Cheat Sheet: Home

A quick and easy guide to help make using our databases easier

How to Get to The Databases:

Go to the library website:  The “Databases A-Z” is located below the OneVU search bar.

Databases A to Z


Then, choose a database from the list. You may also choose a topic from the Subject dropdown


Searching Databases:

While most databases have a simple search function, it’s best used for simple questions. Any topic with more than two main ideas end in either two ways: too many results or none at all. This is when you use the advanced search. Here are some steps to help you out.

There are 4 steps to remember:

1. Break Down the Complex

2. Set Your Operators

3. Know Your Search Fields

4. Set Your Limits


Video Tutorial

Watch the video version of this guide.

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