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EXCEL and WORD Locker

MLA Format and Search Tips

Use Key Words, not questions

  • Hint: databases are programmed to IGNORE common words such as "the, did, when, why, what" etc.

Try "Last Name, First Name" for a person

Use Quotes for phrases: "World War II", "Women's Rights"


  • When you learn something about your topic, use it to search again!
  • Scan/skim the brief paragraphs or "abstracts" to see if the article is related to your topic.

Search Tips:

Use Key Words, not questions

  • Hint: databases are programmed to IGNORE common words such as "the, did, when, why, what" etc.

Try "Last Name, First Name" for a person

Use Quotes for phrases: "World War II", "Women's Rights"


When you learn something about your topic, use it to search again!

Scan/skim the brief paragraphs or "abstracts" to see if the article is related to your topic.