Libraries specialize in the collection and organization of formally published works. Here at HACC, we purchase access to these publications so that you don't have to! Rather than coming up against a website's paywall or limiting yourself to open access publication websites, you can use the library databases to find what you need. We offer nearly 100 databases to help you find something that has been formally published as a book, article, or visual media. Included on this page is information to help you search more efficiently, as well as links to the best options for your search. When accessing these resources from off-campus, you will be asked to enter your myHacc log-in information.
AND - Finds all the words
OR - Finds either of the words
NOT - Excludes a word from search
" " - Searches as an exact phrase
* - Truncates a term to search for varied endings
( ) - Tells the database to do this part first
There is a tendency for people to simply type their questions into a database and hope for the best. While this might work OK for Google, it doesn't work so great for the databases, and your google searches will improve by thinking more strategically about your search. By identifying the key concepts and what other words or phrases describe that concept you will get more meaningful results. Here is an example of how you can break down a question into concepts and their related phrases.
|Original Phrase||Related words or ideas|
|eyewitness testimony||eyewitness identification/misidentification, false testimony, police lineup, eyewitness errors, lineup identification, eyewitness evidence, eyewitness memory|
|wrongful conviction||innocence, false imprisonment, exoneration, false arrest, wrongful incarceration, criminal justice errors|
|how often||statistics, data, history, frequency, extent|