A quick word about search engines (i.e. Google) vs. library databases
The search box makes it seem like library databases and commercial search engines are the same, but the underlying structure is different.
Google and it's brethren are easy-going, they'll take what you give them and return something fairly relevant.
Library databases (the library catalog, or a database like Communication and Mass Media Complete, etc.) are picky. They want you to be brief and choose your search terms carefully.
General advice for searching library resources
Tips for specific resources
1. If you aren't finding anything, or only one or two things that don't really seem quite right:
2. If you've found a few GREAT articles or books (good on you!), but you need more:
If you've been researching for 15 minutes, and you haven't had any luck, we recommend using one of these methods for getting some quick help. Tell them 1) what you'd like to find and 2) what you've already tried. They'll be able to help you with next steps. Use this option if you run into anything weird -- like you can't access a database or article you think you should be able to or if you have questions about your account. You can also check out Research Byte #11: Getting Research Help.