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ENG 152 : Keywords and Database Searching for Dual Credit

Database Searching

Now that we've looked at keywords and learned how to get them from our research question, let's see how we can use them to search a database to find scholarly sources. In the first video, we'll look at how library databases are different from a search engine like Google. Then we'll look at the types of databases you can find through the MCC library and how they can help your research. We'll also share some search strategies to make your research a little easier. In the second video, we'll search live in Academic Search Complete, one of MCC library's article databases.

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Documents with video transcripts:

ENG 152: Database Searching video transcript

ENG 152: Using Academic Search Complete video transcript

Using Academic Search Complete:

1. From the library website, click on Academic Sources, then A to Z Databases.

2. From the alphabetical list of databases, select Academic Search Complete. (You may be asked to enter your myMCC username and password if you're accessing the database from off campus.)

3. Enter your keywords in the search boxes. Click the Search button.

4. Use the full text and peer reviewed limiters to filter your results. You can also specify a date range.

5. Find an article you like!

  • Look at the subject terms and add them to your list of keywords when you revise your search.
  • Click the Google drive icon to save the article to your own Google drive.
  • Click the Cite icon to get a citation for the article.
  • Click the PDF icon to open the full article.