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Databases for Small Business: Essentials of Database Management, Data Analysis,and Staff Training for Entrepreneurs and Professionals by Anna Manning

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CHAPTER  19

Searching Online Databases

Many small businesses search government and commercial online databases for information about areas such as law, grants, and research in their field. The key to searching online databases efficiently is to become familiar with the search techniques that you can apply to almost any database, including article databases and online library catalogs. Understanding such techniques is important, because searching online databases is a bit different from using web search engines.

There is no standardized format for an online database’s appearance or user interface. For example, records in library databases are comprised of fields containing specific pieces of bibliographic information such as author, title, journal ...

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