Searching at this stage of the digital evolution is not yet a seamless process. Not everything is digitized. Whatever is digitized is not necessarily in a standard format or findable by any one search interface. These are the the major search gateways commonly used at Emory: DiscoverE, Databases@Emory, WorldCat, and the Googles (Google Web, Google Book, Google Scholar).
Searching is one step in most disciplinary research practices. It usually entails concurrent processes like evaluating and capturing your results, and in the process fine-tuning your research question, and finding articles relevant to setting the foundation for your contribution!