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Better Focus Your Searches for Best Results

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Do your searches create overly large sets of results in Google, the Library’s OneSearch, or other databases?  Learn to search strategically by making use of topic overviews, identifying entire books on a subject, and searching for journal articles in discipline-specific databases.  Why settle for the “tip of the iceberg” on Google when these simple search skills will allow you to discover the key sources on a topic and make it more likely that you won’t miss something important.

The research techniques described in this six minute video are the ones GU librarians rely on.  No matter the subject areas, librarians use these techniques to point students to the most relevant sources.  A true artist in this field, Thomas Mann, a librarian in the Library of Congress’s Main Reading Room for over 30 years, has articulated this method in the latest edition of The Oxford Guide to Library Research.  It explains the concepts behind this system and offers further details on all aspects of research skills.  The book is available in George and the WRLC Libraries’ catalog.

This video shows how to focus your searches.  For more research help, please ask at the Reference desk, sign up for a research consultation, or contact your subject specialist.