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Frederick E. Berry Library and Learning Commons

Professor McCarthy - Pop Culture Seminar

Spring 2021

Which type of information source should I use?

Example of Initial Search


Step One:

  • At the Library's home page (, find "Databases" and Click "Go."


Step Two:

  • In the right side of the screen that opens, click "Academic Search Complete." 
  • On the next screen, click "Advanced Search."

Step Three:

  • Enter key words. 
  • Enter a different concept on each line of the Advanced Search template. This makes it easier for you to change terms to modify the search.



Step Four:

  • Scrutinize the list of articles (or records as Librarians like to say) that appear.
  • In this search, there was only one item that I considered useful.
  • The other items were too vague or included things because one of the people mentioned (like Michelle Obama) had been born in the 1960s.
  • I will modify my search!