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Research Basics: an open academic research skills course

Lesson 2: Smart searching

Once you’ve determined which of your library’s databases are likely to contain the information you need, the next step is to formulate a search strategy. In this lesson, you’ll learn the steps to search successfully. 

After watching the videos below, you can take the practice quiz for this lesson to test what you've learned. Take the quiz as many times as you need before moving on to the next lesson. You can download the script for the videos to help you study.

Practice Quiz

Watch the introduction to Lesson 2

Watch Part 1: Choosing search terms / putting search terms together / boolean operators

Watch Part 2: Assessing search results

Watch Part 3: Build on good sources

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