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NCSC Help: Research Skills

Library help guide for students of North Central State College

Searching 101

Searching Overview

Background information

The Basics

Use the resources in this column to help you begin researching your topic. These resources will help you get a better grasp on your topic and can lead you to resources that can help you find some awesome articles, books, and Websites.



Before you start searching, it's a good idea to have a sense of what you'll be doing your topic on. Writing out a sentence or two can help you begin a search that doesn't take hours. Once you know what you're searching for, it's time to pull out the keywords.

If you looked at the Searching 101 tutorial, you will know that keywords are the terms that are the most important words (nouns, adjectives, and adverbs) in your research statement.

Think of it this way, if you were to use hashtags to identify your research statement on social media, these would be considered your keywords. #ohyeah

Check out the links in this column to get you started with your keyword creation.

How to choose a dabase.

OhioLink databases

Ready to get started?

Click on the link below to see a list of the databases that you have access to through OhioLink. These include Academic Search Complete, the EJC, CINAHL, and LexisNexis.


If you are logging in from any computer that is not a desktop in the BLIC, you need to use the Off-campus login hyperlink. This will show up below the on-campus link. There are, however, a few databases that don't require an off-campus log-in. These will not have a second link listed with the off-campus link. Confused? Call the BLIC at 419-755-4331.

In the example below, a patron who is not using a BLIC desktop would click on the Off-Campus Access link.