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English 9 Speeches: Find Online Databases

Using the Library's digital resources off campus? Here's the link for usernames & passwords.

Online Databases for Speech Topics

Complete List of Online Databases

Using the Library's digital resources off campus? Here's the link for usernames & passwords

Database Search Tips

Top 10 Database Tips

10. Use the appropriate database for example: EBSCOHost Databases (magazine/journal articles) ; LexisNexis Scholastic  (newspapers) .

9. When you search a database and do not get the results you expect, ask for help. The librarians are here to help you.

8. Start with a keyword search, using words/phrases that describe your topic.

7. Browse the results; choose 2 or 3 that are relevant.

6. Look at the Subject or Descriptor field and note the terms used (write them down).

5. Redo your search using those terms, your results will be more precise than your initial keyword search.

4. Use truncation, enter the root of a word and put the truncation symbol at the end.

            genetic* = genetic, genetics, genetically

Truncation symbols may vary by database; common symbols include: *, !, ?, or #.

3.Consider using the date range to limit your search.

2. Use the advanced search features.

1. Use Boolean operators: AND, OR, NOT.

Find Tool

Find Tool (CTRL+F on PC) (Command+F on MAC)

Find box will appear.  Enter your topic and the text will be highlighted within the web page you are looking at.