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Children's Literature/EDU 291 (Dlugosz): Articles

Search Library Databases

Database Search Tips

What is a library database?

A library database is a collection of different sources such as magazine articles, journal articles, ebooks, streaming videos, images, book reviews, and more.  You can find all these sources by searching with keywords. If you are off campus, you will be prompted to login to the databses with your MEID and password.

Search Tips

  • Type specific keywords or short phrases into the database search box rather than full sentences or questions.  
  • Use AND to connect 2 or more different key concepts.  

Search Example: "children's literature" AND race

  • Brainstorm a few different keywords that relate to the topic you are researching.

Brainstorm Example: race, ethnicity, culture

  • Use OR to connect 2 or more synonyms or related terms. Try a few searches with different keywords to get different results.  

Search Example: (race OR ethnicity) AND "children's literature"

Tutorial - Searching Literature Resource Center