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This site will be taken down June 30, 2018.

The Penn Online Research Tutorial (PORT) site was built with old software that is neither sustainable nor secure.
The pages have not been maintained, but they can be consulted for historical reference on the Internet Archive.
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Locating Information
Once you know what type of information you need and what sources of information are likely to have that information, you can start looking for those sources. Although there is no one best path for searching for information, there are a few steps that every researcher needs to take:
Did you know?
...Google Scholar is a Google product that combines some of the most appealing features of library databases and the public web. Like the public web, Google Scholar has a simple and intuitive search engine. Like many library databases, Google Scholar limits its coverage to scholarly resources and provides access to journals and book records that are only available through the Library. In order to make use of proprietary Library material through Google Scholar you must access it through the Library web site whenever you use it from off campus.
Library databases vs. the public Web
Determine whether a library database or the public Web is more likely to have the information you need.
Subject specific vs. general databases
If a library database if more likely to have the information you need, determine whether you need a subject specific database or can rely on a more general tool.
Types of searches
Once you have identified a database or other research tools, choose a search strategy for using that tool.