First, Choose a Database. Databases have subject strengths. At Newman Library browse a list of databases by subject.
Then, Brainstorm Keywords - Most databases, unlike Google, don't use a single search box where you enter a string of words. Instead break your research question down into one or more concepts. Develop keywords to describe each concept.
Boolean operators (or logical connectors) -- AND, OR, and NOT-- are used to link keywords in search statements. Boolean operators are used to broaden or narrow a search.
AND Keywords combined with AND will retrieve records only where both terms appear.
AND is used to narrow a search
Example: Avon AND market share
OR Keywords combined with OR will retrieve records where either one or both terms appear.
OR is used to broaden a search
Example: hmo OR health maintenance organization
Truncation – Truncation allows you to search for plurals or other variant endings of a word. Add a “wildcard” symbol to stand for one or more characters at the end of the word stem.
Example: Downsize* will retrieve downsized or downsizing
Example: wom*n will retrieve woman or women
Be Careful: cat* will retrieve cats, category, catastrophe
When a database does not include the fulltext of an article, use the Find it! @ CUNY button.
Find it! will link you to the fulltext if it is available in another database.
If the article is not available through Find it!, request the article through Interlibrary Loan.
Articles will be sent to your Baruchmail within 1 to 3 days.