Now you are ready to start searching. Look up your keywords in an index at the back of a book to quickly go to a topic within the book. Similarly, you can type your keywords into the searchbox of an online database to quickly identify books or articles on your topic. Online databases allow you to search for different types of information or sources.

For example:


The JFKU Libraries Catalog  lists all the materials the JFKU Libraries own.

Gale Virtual Reference Library contains online encyclopedias with background information on many topics.

ProQuest Central lists articles from magazines, journals and newspapers.


Before you choose a particular database for your search, it is helpful to know some fundamentals about searching. How can you use your keywords to best effect?