Several search techniques are common to a variety of databases: subject headings, truncation, Boolean operators, and limits. Depending on your topic, search filters may also be available. Many databases allow you to save your search history and to set up email alerts when new articles on your topic are available.
Check the library handout for search strategies in "Recommended Resources."
In a university or research setting, the information you use to support your writing usually comes from scholarly literature and not from popular websites or magazines. What are the main differences between the two types of publications? How do you know if an article is scholarly or popular? Is it ever acceptable to use information in popular information for your essay?