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ENG081: Basic Writing Skills (Alpaugh)

This guide was designed to support students enrolled in ENG091, however, others researching writing might also find the content useful.

What is a database?

A database is used to store information.  The information must be retrievable.  In the case of library databases, keywords or search terms are used to access the stored information, which includes among other resources e-books and articles.     


Sentences or sentence fragments should not be used when database searching.  Instead, researchers should use keyword or phrase searching.  

Think of words that best describe the topic you are searching.  Quotation marks are used to identify phrase searching (for example, "servant leadership").

Concepts can be identified using various words so it is helpful to identify related terms as well. 

Keyword(s)/phrase(s) Empathy Stewardship Persuasive Healing  Listening 
Related term(s) Understanding Responsibility Convincing Therapuetic Attentiveness