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Eng 152 Database Searching

This guide includes information to help students perform database searching effectively and efficiently. Topics include using keywords, subject terms, and boolean searching, and other tips for finding, saving, and citing information from the library datab



Example of research question: Do education programs in prisons decrease the recidivism rates of the incarcerated?

Keywords: education prisons recidivism incarcerated

Google search for: prisoners or inmates or incarcerated and education and recividism

Remember that the various levels of government (U.S., state, local) do studies and keep statistics on many topics you might be researching. Google Advanced searches allow you to limit your results to government (.gov) domains.

Google Advanced search, using the same terms but limiting the domain to .gov sources

Google Scholar searches limit your results to more academic sources than a regular Google search.