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SALA Workshop - Effective Searching

Searching Library Databases

Library databases often function differently from internet search engines. 

Internet Search Engines Library Databases             
Accept natural language searching and try to interpret meaning Match search terms to the terms used in an article or used to describe an article
Automatically search for synonyms and related terms Synonyms and related terms must be specified in the search
Use several factors to rank results, including relevance, popularity, and where search terms appear Usually rank results based on one factor but the user can select and change how results are ranked

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