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Get Your Research Started: The Basic Steps: Locate


Basic sources in the library.

  • Reference: Background & Facts
  • Books: Scholoarly, in-depth Information
  • Articles: Scholarly, timely Information
  • Internet Sites: Some scholarly sources


Video Tutorial:
Library Catalog

Video Tutorial:
Article Databases

Web Searching
-- CofC Research Guide

Searching the Web
--University of Purdue


You can locate books on the shelves and online books through the online catalog

Books on Shelves

Online Books


Internet Sites

Google and "The Web" provide access to an incredible amount of information. However, it is incredibly unorganized and full of... questionable facts and spurious opinions. Try some of these tips to help get you to the good stuff faster and more efficiently:

  • Search Strings: Google and most search engines automatically put an "AND" in between all of your search terms. In order to bind a phrase -- the title of a book, an author's name, a well established theory -- use "" qutation marks.
    EXAMPLE: "to be or not to be"
  • Site: You can limit your search to a particular "domain" such as .edu or .gov or to a particular site such as Wall Street Journal ( in order to filter out commercial or other random sites.
    EXAMPLE: cloning
  • Description: The more unique and descriptive your search terms the more relevant your results will be.
    EXAMPLE: Brandon-Horry House


How to find articles:

  1. Identify a database that searches many journals in your broad subject area. Use the "Research Guides" to help you decide what databases are best for your topic.
  2. Search the selected article database using words you might expect to find in the title or subject of the article. 
  3. Locate the article

Article Databases

A short list of the most popular article databases:

Customized Web Searching

Customized versions of Google and other targeted site searching