Database Search Aids

At St. John's University (NY) students and faculty have access to over 75 electronic databases. Techniques for retrieving information from these databases varies. In trying to bring some sense of order to this wonderful mess the following COMMAND SUMMARY sheets have been developed. Suggestions for their improvement are always welcome. Please e-mail your thoughts to P. Charles Livermore

General concepts of searching and suggestions for better searches can be found at A BASIC GUIDE TO SEARCHING.

If you need to find articles in a particular journal or magazine you may use a service called "Ask Jake" (run by Yale University). It is a guide to journals which are in electronic databases - it also indicates which journals are available online in full-text. It's not perfect (what is these days) but it may help you to find the journal you need.

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P. Charles Livermore
St. John's University Library
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Jamaica, New York 11437
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This page was last updated or reviewed on July 31, 2000.

It should be noted that while I am an employee of St. John's University this page is not under their control in any way. St. John's University should not be held responsible for the accuracy, or the inaccuracy for that matter, of any information, opinions or other items which might appear here.


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