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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

site:

Determines domain association

inurl:

Finds words within an address

allinurl:

All words must be in address

intext:

Finds words located within text

link:

What sites link to a target

intitle:

Finds words located within titles

filetype: 

Specifies file type of search

ext:

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-Th 9-6 Fri 9-5 Sat 9-1 Sun Closed