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UNH-4U (UNH Durham): Library Orientation

Using the Library

The UNH Library is full of people and resources who can help with your research for your classes.

Be sure to ask us if you're having trouble using any of the search tools on the library website.


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Searching by keyword or subject

Keyword Searching

  • word(s) you choose are searched anywhere in the database record describing the article or item
  • flexible but can miss useful items if your terms are not included in relevant records
  • may return many irrelevant results since search terms can appear anywhere in record

Subject searching

  • use word(s) or term(s) designated as subjects or descriptors in that particular database that describe the content of the article
  • a precise way of searching a database and usually retrieves the most relevant results
  • less flexible since you need to know the correct subject terms for that database

To find subjects or descriptors:

  • check these fields in the most relevant records you find through keyword searching
  • look for a subjects list or thesaurus in the database you are using

Library Tips, Tools, and Worksheets

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Elizabeth Fowler
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