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Discovery Search

The Discovery Search box on the CSU library homepage is a great place to begin your research. This Search All box searches most of the library's databases all at once. 

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For a complete list of databases, click the Databases button on the CSU Library homepage. The following databases are good starting points:

Accessing the databases listed on this guide require you to first be logged into the myCSU Student Portal.

  • Ensure that you are logged into myCSU
  • Click on the desired database link, which should immediately direct you to the database interface.
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Example Search

1.) Use keywords or key phrases instead of long sentences or the entire assignment instructions. 

Example Assignment Prompt: Write an essay about the benefits of organic farming 

Keywords/Key Phrases:

  • "organic farming" 
  • benefits 

Note: When using key phrases, place quotation marks around the phrases to search them as an exact unit of information. 

2.) Use Boolean Operators to break up your search. 

  • AND - Limits your search (fewer results) by combining search terms 
  • OR - Expands your search (more results) by including related terms 

Phrase Searching

To search library databases, try different keywords/short phrases. To phrase search, place phrases inside quotation marks or parentheses. This tells the database to search the phrase as a unit. 

For example:

"organic farming"

(organic farming)

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