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ARTH 220 (Renaissance Art in Europe) Course Guide: Find Articles

This guide is intended to help students in ART 220 find resources for their research.

Key Resources

Search Tips

  • Remember that you will need to use keywords, not full sentences, when searching the databases
  • Start out simple. Search using one of the main concepts (keywords) you identified
  • Use quotation marks to search for an exact phrase, but do not put quotation marks around your entire search. 

Example of a bad search using a full sentence and a good search, using keywords and short phrases

  • If you get too few results, use OR to broaden your search and to include related keywords. These could be broader, narrower, related terms or synonyms
  • If you still get too few results, try searching in a different database


Screenshot showing the use of OR to connect synonyms in a database search

  • If you get too many results, you will need to add in keywords representing your second concept using AND to narrow your search.  




Screenshot showing a search using AND to narrow results

Video: What is a database?

Has your instructor told you to use the library's databases to find sources for your paper?

Our databases provide you with access to thousands of articles from scholarly journals, magazines and newspapers. 

NEIU Ronald Williams Library. (2013, Sep 17). What are the library databases and which one should I use? [Video file]. Retrieved from