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"You must overcome any shyness and have a conversation with the librarian, because he can offer you reliable advice that will save you much time… A person who asks for help makes the librarian happy." 

— Umberto Eco, How to Write a Thesis


When you choose a topic you enjoy, it makes the process easier!

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Databases vs. Google?

Databases contain subscription-based content in the form of magazines, newspapers, & journal articles.

  • The content is academic, peer-reviewed, and ideal for research projects for all ages.

  • It's NOT searching the internet, it's searching a database!

  • Search results are available in full text, PDF articles that can be saved, shared, and printed.

  • Database articles include citation tools, including MLA and APA formats.

What about Wikipedia?

  • Wikipedia is an online resource that can be edited by anyone, regardless of credentials or authority.
  • It's fun to use when looking up episodes of your favorite TV show, but is not a recommended source when doing research.

Search Terms for Search Engines

If you are using a search engine like Google,
use these expressions for swift accurate results


Determines domain association


Finds words within an address


All words must be in address


Finds words located within text


What sites link to a target


Finds words located within titles


Specifies file type of search


Synonym for file type (extension)

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Main Library & Law Library 201 Chestnut Street • Wilmington, NC 28401 • Phone 910-798-6301 • Hours M-T 9-8 W-Th 9-6 Fri-Sat 9-5 Sun 1-5 (NC Room Closed)
Northeast Regional Library 1241 Military Cutoff Road • Wilmington, NC 28405 • Phone 910-798-6371 • Hours M-T 9-8 W-Th 9-6 Fri-Sat 9-5 Sun 1-5
Myrtle Grove Library 5155 South College Road • Wilmington, NC 28412 • Phone 910-798-6391 • Hours M-T 9-8 W-Th 9-6 Fri-Sat 9-5 Sun 1-5
Pleasure Island Library 1401 N. Lake Park Boulevard • Carolina Beach, NC 28428 • Phone 910-798-6385 • Hours M-T 9-8 W-Th 9-6 Fri-Sat 9-5 Sun 1-5