Librarian-approved, Time-saving Research Tips, Part 5: Maximize Your Search Power With Multi-Database Search

Note: this is the fifth post in an 8-part series of tips designed to make you a better researcher.

Did you know that the APU Libraries subscribe to more than 120 online databases? That means we have databases for many different subject areas, in addition to multi-disciplinary and reference databases that contain a little bit of everything. With so many online resources, you may find yourself repeating your search in multiple databases, just to make sure you've searched thoroughly.

Enter our new Multi-Database Search tool. It allows you to search up to 30 of our biggest databases at the same time, ensuring that you're casting your search net as widely as possible.

Once you enter your search terms, you'll be able to view results from all of those databases on one screen. Results are organized by broad subject category, so you can quickly locate the most relevant results. Click on the article titles to read the full text (if it's available in the database), or use the "Full Text Finder" links to search our library collections for full text.

The Multi-Database Search does have a few limitations. By searching multiple databases at once, you lose some of the unique search features that are available in the native database--things like the scripture search function in ATLA, the age limiters in PsycINFO, or the ERIC thesaurus.

If you like those features, it's best to search the databases individually through their native interfaces. But if you just want to find articles on your topic with as little hassle as possible, the Multi-Database Search can be a great time-saver.

As always, if you have questions about Multi-Database Search, contact us. We're happy to help you!

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