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Research Basics

This guide contains tips and tricks for general research success!

How to Access the Doane Library Online

Welcome to Perkins Library!

All Doane Students have access to online library materials. All you need is an internet connection!

You MUST access library e-resources from the library website or a research guide (like the one you're using right now). After you click on the resource you want to use, you will be asked to log in using your Doane credentials. This is the same login information you use for your Doane Gmail, Blackboard, etc. The login screen looks like this: 

Once you have logged in, you should be able to continue using library resources without having to log in again unless you close your internet browser.

How to Find Books in the Library Catalog

Video Length: 2:21
Last Updated: 5/20/2020

How to Find Articles in Databases

Video Length: 2:34
Last Updated: 5/20/2020

Search Strategy Builder

The Search Strategy Builder is a tool designed to teach you how to create a search string using Boolean logic. While it is not a database and is not designed to input a search, you should be able to cut and paste the results into most databases' search boxes.

Concept 1 and Concept 2 and Concept 3
Name your concepts here    
Search terms Search terms Search terms
List alternate terms for each concept.

These can be synonyms, or they can be specific examples of the concept.

Use single words, or "short phrases" in quotes

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The Search Strategy Builder was developed by the University of Arizona Libraries and is used under a Creative Commons License.

Need more help?

Check out our full list of Research Guides to get specialized guides for subjects and even some courses. 

Navigate through the rest of this guide to learn about each step in the research process and get links to additional useful resources.

And don't forget, you can always contact the library for personalized research assistance!

Phone: 402-826-8287

Email: library@doane.edu