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Writing 100 (Sandoval): Pre-Activities

Library Research for Advanced Writing

Basic Search Strategies

Review three search strategies that can be used in most databases.  We will use these strategies during our in-person session.

Online Research: Tips for Effective Search Strategies


UC-eLinks is important for checking for full-text availability and/or requesting articles through Interlibrary Loan (ILL). View the video below for how-to examples.

VIDEO: Find Full-Text of Articles through UC-eLinks

Learn how to find databases and how to narrow down by database subject area, full-text availability, etc. (1:14)


Melvyl is the library's online catalog.  This video provides a brief overview of its functionality.  We will use Melvyl during the library session especially for locating books.

Using Melvyl

Use Melvyl to find eBooks, print books, as well as articles and other materials (UC Merced Library, 1:58).