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English 201 Research Process Exercise: Quick Search

Exercise for Engl 201 students


Quick Search is the library's discovery service which searches a number of different databases at once.

Your goal is to learn all that you can about the library's Quick Search in the allotted time and then to teach your classmates what you’ve learned.

Explore the recommended resources to expand what you know about using a database.

To begin go to the library's home page, select the Quick Search option, and enter search terms.

Recommended Resource - Database Limiters

After you conduct a search, look for ways to modify the search. Can you recommend some of these to your classmates?

Recommended Resource - Database Account

Signing into an account in a database allows researchers to save searches and records and come back to them later. Can you show your classmates how to sign in and save records in Quick Search?

Recommended Resource - Abstracts

Reading an abstract or a brief description of a source can help the researcher evaluate it. Can you show your classmates how to access abstracts?

Recommended Resource - Subject Terms

Subject terms are generated by human beings who read sources and use words from a controlled vocabulary to desribe what the source is about. Using subject terms can help researchers find sources that are relevant to their research. Can you show your classmates how to find subject terms in Quick Search?

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