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Spark 1 (Moyes): Introduction

Spark Seminar: Archaeology in Popular Culture

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Smart Searching - Tips & Tricks from UH West Oahu

Databases Session: Outcomes & Agenda

After this class, you will be able to:

  • select databases appropriate for your research
  • develop search terms/ keywords to conduct successful searches Library databases.
  • apply a variety of search strategies in databases to locate resources that are more relevant to your research. 


  • Open this guide!
  • Databases
    • What's a library database? 
      • What does database mean? What's in Library databases? Why do researchers use them? 
    • Finding library databases relevant to your research 
  • Search Strategies
    • Brainstorming keywords
      • class brainstorm exercise
    • Creating a search string
      • strategies & tips
  • Compare / contrast databases exercise
  • Getting research help & goodbye!


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