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- Never type your entire research question or thesis statement in the search box. Instead, use keywords and the Boolean Operators found in the Database Search Tips infographic to combine terms.
- Begin searching for a broad idea, then narrow your search as you learn more about your topic. If you begin with a very specific search, you may miss out on great resources.
- Look for clues! Pay attention to key phrases, people, and ideas that keep popping up. Add those to your search. When you find an article that meets your research needs, the footnotes and bibliography can lead you to other helpful resources.