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- Pay attention to search tips or help screens provided by each database. Even experienced researchers (like professors and librarians!) can have trouble when dealing with a new interface. Take the time to learn how to use the tool - it will help you to avoid frustration!
- Remember that most databases allow for Boolean Searching. Use and to narrow, or to expand, not to exlude. Truncation is also useful for bringing back all relevant results. For example, type counsel* to bring back documents containing the words counsel, counseling, counselor...
- Be prepared with synonyms in case your original search produces no results. Use a thesaurus if the database is equipped with one.
- Take advantage of the following sources of help:
- Visit our circulation desk located on the 2nd floor for reference assistance from reference librarians or other experienced library staff members.
- Online tutorials