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CSSIS: Library Skills Refresher

There are many different types of databases. Their interfaces will all vary, and they may use different terminology.

However, they all have similar features. Once you are familiar with these, you'll be able to find your way around different databases. You can see the main features in the examples below.

Online search techniques can improve your searching.  Take a look at the guidance on the next page - Search Techniques -  to find out more

Search Screen

Each database will have a search screen like this where you enter your search

Results screen

Once you click the Search button, the results page appears:

Take a look at the JSTOR video to see a demonstration of online database searching


JSTOR is an online database of relevance to the social sciences.  You can search it to find books, journal articles and a selection of primary materials.  Watch the video to see some JSTOR searching in action

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