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Library Tutorial: Searching Basics

This guide is an information literacy tutorial for Spoon River College students.

Using Keywords

Learn how to use keywords in a search. 

Keyword - A keyword search looks for words anywhere in the book or articles record. Keyword searches are a good substitute for a subject search when you do not know the standard subject heading.

Subject Headings - Words or phrases assigned to books and articles by the author. Subject headings are used to index the book or article in the database. 

Phrase Searching


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For more information on keywords, phrase searches, and choosing a topic go to The Research Process guide


Creative Commons LicenseThis guide is based on the Information Literacy Tutorial from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Information Literacy Tutorial by Board of Regents of the University of Wisconsin System is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 Unported License. Based on a guide at