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Reference & Instruction Guide: Databases
Policies, procedures, best practices and training guide, for reference and instruction services.
OneSearch is a product purchased and customized from Serial Solutions (360 Search) Summon. Review the link above and familiarize yourself with the various search options -- Basic Search, Advanced Search, Search by Subject, etc.
Discern at least a few keys terms or concepts to begin a search.
Start with broad concepts.
Think of alternative concepts (narrower, broader, related)
The key to a successful search is using controlled vocabulary -- the same vocabulary need to be used by both the indexer and the searcher. Not all databases use controlled vocabulary. If a thesaurus is available in the database, check your search terms.