Keep In Mind:
- Not everything is online
- No search engine (or database) has everything that is online
- Always use more than one search tool
- Try different search terms and combinations
- Visualize how the information might be phrased in the document you hope to find and let that guide your search terms
- Use the limit options available (advanced search screen)
- If you know an organization that publishes on your topic, limit your results to that organization's website
- Examine more than just the first few results
- If you're not familiar with your topic, try a web directory or reference site rather than a web search
- Never pay for any content without checking with the library first
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