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Smart Google Searching

Check out these tips and tricks for Google searching

Search for websites from specified domains (.gov, .edu, .org).

  • For example: "famous engineers" AND "modern technology"

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Key Terms

Develop your word bank

  1. Try multiple searches--typing in different keywords (engineers, engineering, STEM, "modern technologies", "Nikola Tesla")
  2. Use quotation marks around phrases of two or more words to search the phrase as a whole ("21st century engineering")
  3. Join multiple terms with "and" & "or" ("modern technologies" and "contributions to modern society")

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EBSCOhost : all databases

Cross-search all EBSCO databases (over 30); magazines, journals, news and primary sources, and media, covering multi-disciplinary topics.

Gale in Context: Science

Information for all science-related research needs. Includes reference, peer-reviewed and technical periodicals, news, and multi-media.


Journal articles on life sciences, health sciences, engineering, physical sciences, social sciences and humanities.

O'Reilly for Higher Education (eBooks and eVideos)

eBooks and eVideos on technology, math & science, digital media, IT, engineering and business.  

Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences

Articles and news in biological, physical and social sciences; global research from the National Academy of Sciences.

Scientific American Online (1845-present)

Full-text access to Scientific American magazine in color PDF from 1845-present; via Platform.

More STEM related databases

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Books and eBooks (real books, online!)

The library has a number of books and e-books to choose from, with hundreds of thousands e-books accessible from any location. Here are a few examples related to your assignment: