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Catalogs, databases and the Web allow you to perform your searches several ways. Methods of searching include guided, advanced and natural language.

Which method you use will depend on:
  • the breadth of your topic

  • whether you are an expert searcher in a specific database

  • whether you want the computer to help you structure your search

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