Guide to Library Research
Mary Livermore Library
Unit 4: Searching for Resources

The Basic Search
The basic search screen comes up automatically when you open the database. Enter your keywords in the Find box and click the Search button (see image below). You can combine keywords by using and (e.g. school violence and prevention). You can interchange different words with similar meaning (such as 'college' and 'university') using or (e.g. college or university). You can also truncate words with an asterisk (e.g. prevent* = prevented, preventing, prevention, and prevents).


Note: in Academic Search Premier (or any other database) do not search using large phrases. Group concepts together using AND. Example: Do not search "effect of nutrition on intelligence in elementary school students." Do search "intelligence and nutrition and child*"