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McNair Summer Research Institute (MSRI) at Rider: Information Literacy Strand

This MSRI LibGuide is geared toward enhancing information literacy skills and research capabilities, equipping our students to undertake graduate-level research assignments and effectively compete in the rigorous environment of graduate school.

Database Searching Tips & Strategies

  • Which terms should I use for my topic?  
  • How do I combine terms?  
  • I am not finding any information on my topic with the terms I searched. What should I do? 
  • I am getting too many hits with my search terms. How do I narrow my topic? 

This guide contains answers to these common issues. The tutorials and explanations of various search techniques contained herein will help you become a more efficient and productive searcher.

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