International Students' Guide to Research Skills and Using the KU Libraries: Searching Skills

This guide, designed especially for the needs of international students, provides explanations of how to do research using the KU Libraries' resources. It includes links, tutorials, and step-by-step instructions on developing research skills.

Search Strategies

Well-developed SEARCHING SKILLS are at the core of good research.  Using effective search strategies is vital to finding relevant sources.  Selecting appropriate KEYWORDS and using BOOLEAN SEARCHES will greatly improve the quality and focus of your search results, especially while using DATABASES.

This page provides links to handouts, resources and tutorials focused on SEARCHING SKILLS, including keyword and Boolean searching.

Selecting Keywords and Developing an Effective Search Strategy

Effective Search Techniques - tutorial

Effective Keyword Searching

Combining Search Terms - Boolean Searches


(Pfau Library, California State University, San Bernardino)

Boolean Searches

Use Interlibrary Loan (ILL) if you can't find something

Research Skills - Link to additional resource page

See additional page in this guide related to Databases.

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