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Research: Getting Started: Online Searching

Online Searching


Welcome to the Online Searching LibGuide where you will learn how to search the Library Catalog, Databases, and the Internet.

There are four main types of searches. Each has its strength and weaknesses.

  1. Phrase searching - Most often associated with Google. 
  2. Boolean searching - Most often associated with databases
  3. Faceted searching - Associated with OneSearch and library databases
  4. Subject Searching - Most powerful. Used in OneSearch and the lbrarary databases.


Almost any format can be found online. Use the right tool to find the right format..

OneSearch - Searches most databases, eBooks, streaming media AND the Library Catalog in one search.

Databases - Best for Articles, but there are specialized databases for every format.

  • Ebooks and Reference eBooks
  • Audio recordings
  • Video Recordings
  • Musical Scores
  • Graphics

Recommended Web Sites - A collection of thousands of web sites selected by your professors and the librarians.



Subject Guide