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University 101 Research Guide: Search

Standard 2

Access the needed information!

  • Select the right resource for your information need--know when to use the library catalog, an article or reference database, or the Internet.
  • Know how to perform effective keyword searches in all resources and limit to full-text in article databases.
  • Understand the organization of information in the physical library and online and library services that can help you find the information you need.

Finding Books

Use the Library Catalog to find books, e-books, DVDs, CDs, paper journals and other physical materials in the library's collection.

USC Upstate Library Catalog
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What is a Database?

What is a database? Check "Article Databases in 5 Minutes" from the North Carolina State University Libraries to find out!

Your College Experience, Chapter 10

Scholarly Articles and Journals, pp. 216-219

Books, pp. 219-220

Conduct Effective Searches, p. 218

Finding Articles

Individual articles are not included in the Library Catalog. Use an article database like Academic Search Complete to find articles from newspapers, magazines, and scholarly journals.

Academic Search Complete
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