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Bethel University Library

Conducting Effective Searches

Maximize your searching time in online indexes/databases by using these tips

Searching for information for a paper?

Online indexes/databases are great places to search by subject/topic for books or for articles in scholarly journals, trade publications, popular magazines, newspapers, etc. 

They often provide access to materials that are not normally available for free on the web.

Man and Woman on Books with Spyglass

In which databases should I search?

Select databases that index information sources covering the field in which you are doing research.

For example, if you are researching the topic of "business ethics", you may want to start searching in a database that indexes business journals.

Check out the Bethel University Library webpage to see a list of possible online indexes/databases in which you could search.

BU Library Research Databases

Can I search in databases the way I search Google?

Because online indexes/databases are different than Google, you will need to learn the search techniques and strategies that will make your search time more efficient and effective.

Check out the links in this guide for some helpful pointers!

Man with a Map

Questions about this guide?

Contact:                                                 Blue Question Mark

Earleen Warner
Research & Instruction Librarian
Bethel University Library