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Instruction and Reference Librarian

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Craig Varley
Center for Graduate Studies of Asheville
Lenoir-Rhyne University
36 Montford Ave
Asheville, NC 28801
Room 322
Subjects: Public Health


The purpose of this guide is to provide some tips and tricks to starting your research, searching through library resources, and identifying accurate and reliable sources.

Starting Your Search

On this page you will find information on using library search tools and brainstorming search terms. The subpage Information Sources will help you identify different types of sources and information to help you decide what might be best for your research.

Narrow/Broaden Your Search

This page contains tips for conducting a search within a search engine. All databases (including the library catalog) include a search function that recognizes different words and symbols as commands. Some of the most popular search commands are explained on this page.

Evaluating Sources

The Evaluating Sources page provides tools and tips for finding accurate and reliable information for your research.

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