Answered By: Vicki Sciuk
Last Updated: May 23, 2024     Views: 144

You can find information on different bacteria in the general encyclopedic library databases as well as research studies in the library's health databases.  

  1. For definition of a bacteria, you can search in Britannica Academic which can be found on the library's A to Z databases page. Search for the name of the specific bacteria.

Screenshot of Britannica


  1. You can search any of Library's healthcare databases for research articles related to a bacteria. You can search for just the bacteria name (example: Streptococcus) or for more specific research information by trying combinations of keywords such as:

Streptococcus + pediatric + treatments


           Tips for searching in the databases:

  • Try more than one search with different keywords to see what you come up with. Use the "Add Row" feature if needed. Different experts or organizations may use different terminology to describe similar things. The databases may suggest other terms to try.
  • Make sure that you check the date of the material that you find. If your information must apply to a specific time period, use the date limiter in the database during the search process.
  • Try changing the drop-down menu to “Abstract” instead of keyword next to your search terms.
  • You may also wish to limit the document type to "Statistics/Reports" in the left side filters section.
  • Use the abstract (summary) of the article to help determine if it has the kind of information you are looking for before reading the entire article.

       3. Government sources such as the Center for Disease Control and other sites ending in .Gov can provide statistics and health trend information. 

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