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Library Search for Arts, Design and Architecture Research

a concise guide to searching arts, design and architecture research databases

Introduction to Searching

  • The key to a good online search, is to have an understanding of how the search engines work 


  • Although built on the same information retrieval principles as library databases, web search engines like Google work differently.


  • This guide illustrates library search and helps you understand the search and research process.T


  • When you search a database and do not get the results you expect Ask A Librarian for advice.  Library staff are happy to help you find what you need.

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