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ENG 310 Research Writing: 4. Searching Library Databases

Searching Library Databases

Searching a Library Database

Ebsco Tutorials

Need help creating searches using the Ebsco Databases? View a brief tutorial below for assistance.

Find Articles in Library Databases for Health Professions

Click on a database to begin searching for journal articles and other materials. You will be redirected to a login screen to enter your myWilmU email address and password.

Creating a Search Strategy


Be creative, be original, and keep an open mind. Work and rework search strategies and assumptions.

Step back. Gather exploratory information around your idea.

Think where information lives, who owns it. The closer you get to the owner of the data, the better.

Be skeptical.  Fact check, conduct due diligence.

Recognize inherent bias in all information resources. Seek out sources that offer alternative viewpoints.

Use multiple resources. Don't limit yourself to one resource, one perspective.

Recognize what you will not find. Process impact.

Good information leads you to more good information.  Look for clues that move you forward (an article that mentions a study...)

Document all sources used.

Use Advanced Google search strategies. Improve the ROI on your time and results.

Talk to a live person. Seek out industry experts. It's not all on the internet or in a database. Find out what they know, where else to turn, what else does (or does not) exist.