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Research Ready: Search Strategies for College Students


Take your research skills to the next level with powerful search techniques. 

  • Library Database search tips using the Academic Search Elite database as an example
  • Using InfoHawk+
  • Google search tips
  • Google Scholar tips

Use what you learn on your very first research assignment!

Here are some general search tips to think about as you get started.


Get some help!

It's your library and we are here to help!

One of the best things you can do for yourself is to recognize when you may need help. Then, seek out that help! No need to be embarrassed! Everyone needs help from time to time, and if you start asking questions now, imagine how much easier life is going to be by the time you are getting ready to graduate! You have resources all around you, and that includes the human resources in the Libraries. Beyond this guide, you have many ways to get help from the University of Iowa Libraries. Don't hesitate to get in touch

You can: 

 Chat with us

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 Call us @ 319-335-5299

 SMS us @ 319-313-2395

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Our Tutorials may be helpful to you, too!

Control or Command F function

Big Tip!

If you are have a long page of text to look through, use Control-F (on a PC) or Command-F (on a Mac) to FIND a word or phrase within the text.