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The purpose of the Other Search Options page is to help you select the best database for your project. It enables you to create lists of databases by course, content type (full text or not), campus, level and language as well as the topic/source categories and database description search found also in the simpler approach, Basic Search Options.

Quick Links to Useful Searches. Items in this pull-down menu take you directly to a database that performs a task particularly well. Browse the list to see what interests you.

Search Database Descriptions. If there is no category for the area you're researching, type in a keyword or two to get a list of databases associated with that keyword. Click GO. Examples: Architecture, Antiques, News.

Identify Databases for Your Program. Instructors and students can look their courses up here and get three or four of the most recommended databases. For a comprehensive list, use the Search Database Descriptions keyword search or the What Are You Looking For? category search.

Or Limit by One or More.  It is possible to create highly personalized lists by combining various pull-down menu selections, but it is not always advisable. Go slowly and test a few at a time until you get comfortable with this area and see what it can and cannot do.

What Are You Looking For? Browse through the categories to identify relevant databases by topic and type of source. Select the category and click GO. Examples: Astronomy, Company Information, Encyclopedias.

Basic Search Options. This is the simplest approach to looking for databases.

  • Do not type more than a word or two in the Search Database Descriptions box. Reserve detailed search queries for the database in which you decide to do your search. However ...
  • The quickest way to bring up a known database is to type its name in the Search Database Descriptions box. Then click GO.
  • To recommend searchable keywords and revisions in the What Are You Looking For? categories, send your ideas to the chairperson of the Library Web Team (