Online indexes are databases of bibliographic records. Sometimes these databases also include full text. Some indexes cover books and other formats, but the primary reason to use an online index is to identify articles in journals and magazines.
Suggested strategies for searching
Choose the right tool
To conduct more advanced searches within the IS literature, use LISS and/or INSPEC (a part of Engineering Village)
Choose what part of the bibliographic record to search within
Use the "controlled vocabulary" of each database.
Use keyword searching intelligently
Use Boolean operators and other options to fine-tune your search statement .
Use the Help feature
In most online resources, look for a button or link labeled "help" near the upper right corner of the screen.