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ENC 1102 - Steinhardt (Dale Mabry): Search tips

Links and tips to help you research literary works.

First, brainstorm keywords to search (2:40)

Next, search PRIMO - HCC Libraries catalog and general search

Find books, articles, videos, & more

Some example searches

Start with just a couple of keywords or search terms.

Then add or change as you go.

Here are some examples:

Library search tools, such as  PRIMO and the individual databases, usually work best by starting with just a few important search terms, or keywords. If using PRIMO, be sure to sign in first with your NetID.

Using the question, "Are driverless cars safe?" here are some example searches.

Results default to most relevant at the top. Reducing results through filtering may push more relevant results higher up the list.

Therefore, you may not need to look at more than the first 20 or so items before trying something else.

These are just a few examples of possible searches in the library catalog (PRIMO). Similar techniques can be used when searching individual Databases A-Z

Also use - Library databases recommended for you

Databases recommended for your assignments—along with tips for using them—are linked on the Databases tab.