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Library Research Methods: Database Searching Help

What is Omnivore OneSearch?

Omnivore is a search engine for library resources.

Go to the Omnivore Help Guide

With one search box, it searches across the CIA Library's book and ebook collections, article databases, media and more.

Omnivore uses WorldCat Discovery from OCLC (a global library cooperative.)

Discovery search helps you find materials in many different resources and
directs you to the optimal resources for your research.

Plus, you can expand your search beyond the CIA Library and find information about books and other materials in libraries worldwide.

More Features:

  • A to Z Journal Finder - browse or search to find journals with full-text
  • OpenURL Link Resolver - what?! Simply put, a link to full-text from one database to another
  • Google Scholar - links from Google to full-text in CIA Library databases (off-campus set-up)
  • Streamlined Interlibrary Loan- click a button to send a request for books or articles
  • Access to My Library Account -  View your checkouts, renew, place holds and request recalls

Tips for Database Searching

Searching is a process, you will try one search, evaluate your results, modify your strategy and try again.

  • Start with simple keyword searching
  • Use the Database Options to Refine or Limit and narrow your search
  • LIMITS include;
    • Scholarly & Peer Review
    • Full-Text
    • Date of Publication
    • Format or Document Type e.g. article, book review, letter to editor
  • Evaluate an article by reading the Abstract or summary.
  • Review your results to identify concepts & terminology that can help improve your search results.
  • Look at Subject Headings & Descriptors, standard vocabulary terms that describe the contents of articles
  • Use the Advanced Search screen to mix and match keywords and subjects and more.

Advanced Search Tips

Phrase Searches    
Search for complete phrases by enclosing them in quotation marks. Words enclosed in double quotes will appear together in all results exactly as typed, e.g. "culinary science", "fast casual"

Truncation & Wildcards *  
The asterisk ('*') matches non-space characters, starting at the specified position in the word. For example, "farm*" will match "farm", "farmer", "farmed", "farming", "farmworker", "farmhouse", etc.

Boolean Operators
Use AND or OR to specify multiple words in any field, any order. Use AND NOT to exclude words.

  • stocks AND sauces {search results must have both terms}
  • stocks OR sauces {must have at least one of the terms}
  • stocks NOT sauces {must have first term and must not include second term}
  • Use the Database Tools to Email, Save & Cite articles.

Tools for Research in Databases

Research Tools are available within the Databases to help organize and improve your research.

You have the option to create accounts in each of the Library databases and enable a variety of tools and services.

Features typically include:

  • Save & Organize Documents in folders
  • Share folders with other users
  • Save and re-run searches
  • Access folders and search history from any computer
  • Set up Search alerts and RSS feeds
  • Customize interface and search settings

Links and instructions to create accounts:

Proquest Databases

EBSCOHost Databases

GALE Opposing Viewpoints in Context

JSTOR Advanced Searching

Searching Tips:

  • Use the drop-down menu box to select full-text or item title field.
  • Select an Access Type: 
    • Read and Download for full-text available to the CIA Library or
    • All Content to search the entire JSTOR database for citations to articles you can request thru Interlibrary Loan.
  • Narrow by:
    • Item Type: typically, select articles
    • Date
  • Filter by Disciplines, select one or more subject areas.

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