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CAPS Associate of Arts and General Studies Research Guide: Searching

Basic research help for Associate of Arts and CAPS General Studies students.

Smart Searching

Search buttton on web browser

To save time and effort when searching the library's online databases, try these searching tips:

  • Brainstorm a variety of keywords to use when searching (diary, autobiography, memoirs)
  • Use quotes to search for a phrase ("Chinese immigrants")
  • Connect keywords with and (immigration and United States)
  • Use or to search synonyms (United States or U.S.)
  • Use * to get different word endings (immigra* will find immigrant, immigrants, immigration)
  • Use the peer reviewed, scholarly, or refereed search limiters in databases.

    Scholarly Journals Check Box



CLICsearch: search books, articles, DVDs, and more

Try CLICsearch

  • Find articles, books, DVDs and more

  • Newspaper articles, book reviews and dissertations are not included in this custom search


Or try the Advanced Search



Can't find the item you were looking for?

  • Try WorldCat for a search of nearly all libraries



Search for Journals/Magazines

Academic Search Premier


Google Scholar

Google Scholar can help you find articles and books.   If you're comfortable searching Google, this may be a good place to start.   

You may want to read this Frequently Asked Question on how to get the most out of Google Scholar

Basic Reference Sources

Not sure where to begin your research?

Try searching these online databases which contain dictionaries, encyclopedias, and other basic sources.

Search the online version of the classic Encyclopaedia Britannica at Britannica Online.