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Library Research Tutorial

The parts of each record or citation in a database are searchable. These parts are called fields. When you search by a field, the database will only search in that field when it looks through to find matching records. .

  • author search looks only in the author field.
  • title search looks only in the title field. 
  • subject search looks only in the subject heading field.
  • date search looks only in the date field to find the date a item was published.

But a keyword search looks for items anywhere in a record, including the date, author, subject, title and description fields. It is the broadest search. Also, keyword searching is flexible and allows you to combine more terms in a search, for example, 
children and advertising.

Watch the video below by University of Houston for tips on searching in databases.