• Keep your initial search simple—set the limit for “Full Text” right away, but save other limits (such as date ranges, number of pages, peer-reviewed, etc.) until you see the results list.
• Look for common database tools (suggested subject headings, abstracts, citation help, emailing and save options) on the edges of the page, often in a color bar above the search boxes or in a separate frame on the right or left of your results list.
• Follow the “Research Guides” link to see suggested search strategies for your academic program, or for general topics such as avoiding plagiarism or evaluating web resources
• Choose “Ask a Librarian” to email your question to the CFCC Reference staff
• Can’t wait for an answer? The “NC Knows” link takes you into a live chat with a research librarian who will help with your question and forward it on to CFCC for follow-up the next business day if you would like.
Telling a magazine from a journal isn't always simple. When your instructor has specified use of a journal resource, review or print this two-page guide to help you choose.