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SPC 1608 - Stein (Dale Mabry): Search Tips

Links and tips for your library research.

First, choose some keywords before you start searching

This three-minute video shows how to develop good keywords for effective searching in the library catalog and databases. From Norwich Library.

Next, search Primo - HCC Libraries catalog and general search engine

Find books, articles, videos, & more

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.

Video demo - Primo

The search broken down above is demonstrated, with lots of tips, in the following video:

Use this companion timeline of topics to help you follow the demo or locate topics of interest. 

Also use - Library databases recommended for you

In addition to Primo, the library catalog—you want to use library research databases. Databases that recommended for your assignments are linked within the following tabs:

Video demos - library databases