Begin research on a topic, especially when you need both books and articles.
Search for a specific article title when you don't know what database the article might be in.
Let's say that your professor told your class to find and read the article "Trends in Elephants' Use of Libraries." You already know the exact title of the one article you want to read, but you aren't sure where to find it. Instead of blindly choosing databases to search in, start by searching Engine Orange and see if it can find this article for you.
If you already like the Google Scholar experience, try Engine Orange instead: you'll get similar kinds of sources, but you'll have more power to focus the results on what you need.
Does your research require you to conduct a comprehensive search of many databases? Start your search here, and then there will be fewer databases left to search individually.
Pros and Cons of Engine Orange
PRO: Searches many databases at once instead of repeating your search numerous times.
CON: Not entirely comprehensive, so you still might need to repeat your search in a few other databases.
PRO: Tries to clearly identify each result for you as a book, article, video, book review, etc.
CON: Sometimes the labeling of a result as a "book" or "academic journal article" can be a bit misleading.
Always evaluate your results carefully, especially if you have specific requirements to find a book or a certain type of article.
Video: Searching Engine Orange for a Specific Article