In this tutorial, you'll get tips on using the main search box on the library homepage. This search engine includes print and e-books, articles, DVDs and more.


Tip: You can find more article collections, including discipline-specific search engines, by clicking the Articles and Databases tab located along the top of the library homepage.

Use the arrows below to navigate through the tutorial.

Let's get started!

Search engines work better if you use "keywords" (the nouns and verbs from a research question) instead of complete sentences.

What are two good keywords or phrases for the following research question:

"What is the impact of global warming on the world's water?" 

Try a search!

Type water and global warming in the search bar in the middle of the library homepage and click Search.

How many total results do you see for your search? 


What are all these things?

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The library search engine contains many different resources. Beneath the title of every resource on the results page, you can see what type of item the resource is. For example: 

Explanation of where to find resource type

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Let's run a narrower search. Type Bottlemania in the search box at the top of the page and click the arrow to re-run the search. 

On the results page for Bottlemania, which items are listed? 


Where is it located?

Let's start a new search. Search for the book Water: a Turbulent History (you might need to scroll up to the search box at the top of the page).


Under the item type (where it lists the type(s) of item: book, e-book, etc.), you'll see a location. 

Where is "Water: A Turbulent History" located? 


What else can I find?

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In addition to books, you will often find articles in your searches.  

Still using the search for Water: A Turbulent History, scroll through your results list and take a look at the other items.

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You should see quite a few articles. If you want to limit your results to only scholarly (peer-reviewed) articles related to your search, look on the left side of the page to find Format.

Below Format, click Academic Journals. You can also select Magazines if you only want to read magazines articles, etc.


What else can I find?

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What changed in your list of results?

Getting Research Help

Congratulations! You have now completed the tutorial.

The library also has a collection of quick help guides to help you with your research.

You can also get help from a librarian.

Go to the next page if you need to e-mail a completion certificate to your instructor, but remember to only enter in one e-mail address at a time.

Happy researching!



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