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Library Introduction

Searching Tips

Keywords are...

  • A good way to start a search.
  • The important concepts in your own words.
  • Found anywhere in the article (title, author, subject terms, etc.).
  • Very flexible.

Connecting concepts...

  • Join similar ideas or alternate term with "OR."
  • Link different parts of your topic with "AND."
  • Exclude concepts with "NOT."

Limit to Peer-Reviewed or Scholarly articles...

  • This is part of the publication & editorial process for academic and research journals, produced by scholars and experts. 
  • Being peer-reviewed is a sign that a paper's author(s) have done a certain level of due diligence in their work and their research is complete, manages conflicts-of-interest, and is fair and objective.

Narrow the Date Range...

  • When looking for Current Research or Evidence-Based Practices limit your date range to the last 3-5 years.



Also called electronic database, any collection of data, or information, that is specially organized for rapid search and retrieval by a computer. Databases are structured to facilitate the storage, retrieval, modification, and deletion of data in conjunction with various data-processing operations.


A magazine or newspaper, especially on a serious subject, that is published regularly.

Periodical Databases

For the most up-to-date information and research on your topics you can’t beat our online research databases. These databases contain millions of high quality, full text articles from newspapers, magazines, academic journals, and reference sources.

We have a databases covering many different subjects including: nursing, business, technology, history, art, literature, biography, and current events, just to name a few.

These databases are available online 24/7 and are very student friendly, offering such features as the ability to e-mail articles and help with proper citation formats.

Journal or Periodical Searching