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Databases are usually organized by major subject i.e. nursing, business, science, etc.
You choose a database based on your topic
Each database contains millions of articles, searchable by keyword
WHAT DO I SEARCH FOR? Facility Management Building Life Cycle Energy Efficiency Built Environment Security Risk Assessment Fire Protection Building Automation Systems Built Environment Emergency Procedures
SEARCHING A DATABASE. . . * (the asterisk wildcard) As the name implies, * can be substituted for any number of letters. This is particularly useful to include all words with a certain term and any suffix after it. Simply apply the asterisk to the end of a term and it will return all documents containing that term, followed by anything. For example: biostatistic* will find biostatistician or biostatistics or biostatistical
SEARCHING A DATABASE. . . Quotation Marks: " " Enclose specific phrases in quotation marks. This will direct the search engine to search the database for documents containing that exact phrase. A search for analytical chemist (without quotes) will return any document containing analytical and chemist with anything in between. If you place quotes around the phrase, searching for “facility management“ it will only documents with facility and management right beside each other.
WHAT IS GOOGLE SCHOLAR? A search interface for locating citations to academic research—and accessing the full-text online (sometimes). This is the definition of any research database. Google Scholar is just one more in a host of research tools similar to those offered by the library (but using it is free to all). Reading articles found in it is not free (not always, anyway).