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CST280 Search Strategies

This page will provide you with some tips and tricks to make your research a breeze! If you still can't find what you need, please don't hesitate to contact the library! You can find our contact information and more on the Get Help page.

To get you started, here are some general search strategies:

Keyword Strategies

Use these keywords in a general search in any one of our recommended databases or inside DragonQuest:

  • ‘Business Rules” AND Database Design
  • Entity Relationship Model
  • Entity Relationship Diagram
  • Relational Database Model
  • Relational Table AND Database
  • Data Redundancy
  • Extended Entity Relationship
  • Normalization AND Database Design
  • MySQL
  • Entity Clustering
  • Primary Keys AND Database
  • Online Analytical Processing (OLAP)
  • Hadoop Framework
  • NewSQL
  • Star Schema

Subject Strategies

Searching for results by subject heading, rather than by keywords, can help you focus your search in new directions. Consider these subject search options:

  • “Data Modeling”
  • “Semantic Web”
  • “Digital Humanities”
  • “Data Semantics”
  • “Probabilistic Databases”
  • "Computer Science - Databases"
  • “Relational Databases”
  • “MySQL (Electronic Resource)”
  • "SQL (Computer program language)"
  • “Semantic Approach”

The following image shows you how to change your search to a subject search by using the dropdown menu inside DragonQuest:

Image shows the dropdown menu selection for "SU Subject Terms" in the DragonQuest search area


Research Starters

Need some extra guidance? Try a Research Starter:

What is a Research Starter?

Research Starters are encyclopedia entries, so they are more of an "idea gathering" mechanism than a scholarly source to support your stance on an issue. They provide you with background information on a broad topic and highlight keywords you can use and/or links to source material to get you started on your research. 

Narrowing DragonQuest Search Results

If you'd like to know how to narrow down your DragonQuest list to only full text, peer reviewed, or specific types of resources, we recommend the following tutorial:

Search Databases

Looking for a smaller, more discipline-specific, search? The following databases might prove helpful:

Academic Writer Help

If you'd like additional guidance on using Academic Writer, we recommend the following tutorial: