After selecting a database, you may be prompted to login using your Brock University Username and Password. This step is necessary to authenticate (or authorize) your status as a Brock University student. This means that you can access Library databases from off-campus computers.
The very basic way to search in a database is to just add your keywords and click Search. You can still use the techniques discussed on the Choose Keywords and Create Search Statements pages for best results.
There is usually an "Advanced Search" link near the basic search box in a database. Some databases will even begin with an advanced search. You can typically spot an advanced searching interface because it will have multiple search boxes and may include multiple search fields. These search fields allow you to limit your keywords to the title, author, text, or subject terms of the article. Subject terms are standardized terms that describe the article's content. Each search box will also have associated drop-down menus to select Boolean terms AND, OR, or NOT to connect to the other search boxes.
After retrieving the search results, you may be faced with too many results to look through. At this point, look for the databases limiting features. Here is a list of features that are common in most databases: