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Research resources, tips, and support from SCC librarians

So that students can practice finding information in library databases, SCC librarians have given suggestions below of:

  • recommended databases
  • example searches

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Keep in mind that searching may or may not be simple, depending on the information you're looking for.

You may always ask an expert researcher for help. College librarians are happy to help you 24/7!

Strategic searching

When conducting research, it's a good idea to use a variety of types of information sources. 

A simple strategy is to start by searching:

  1. encyclopedias dedicated to a broad discipline  (These give you background information, like an overview and history of a topic.)
  2. books dedicated to single topic  (These give you in-depth information on a topic.)
  3. periodical articles  (These often discuss narrow topics, trends, and news.)

"Which database should I use?"

Encyclopedias databases

eBook databases

Periodical article databases

"What search terms should I use?" encyclopedias & ebooks

When searching encyclopedia and ebook collections, try search terms which describe a broad topic.

Here are example topics and searches:


Example searches:

  • cosmetics AND sustainability
  • beauty culture
  • hair AND beauty
  • hair dye

"What search terms should I use?" periodical articles

When searching periodical article indexes (like ProQuest & Associates Programs Source Plus), use search terms which describe a narrow topic.

Here are some example topics and searches:

salons AND sustainability

 Example search:    

  • "beauty salons" AND sustainability
  • "beauty salons" AND waste
  • "beauty salons" AND "energy consumption"

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