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Search Techniques Summary Table

This table summarizes how to use important basic search techniques in several of the information services and research databases to which the Mundt Library subscribes. Note: For definitions and examples of these search techniques, see Search Techniques for Research Databases.
     To use the table, scan down the left column to find the information service you plan to use; then scan to the right to find out how to apply the search techniques in that particular information service or database. You may find it helpful to print this table and to keep it handy when you are using the various electronic information services. 

 

 

Techniques

   
Research
Databases/
Information Services
Boolean operators --
AND / OR / NOT
Phrase searching Truncation / wildcard Nesting (Parentheses)
         
ABI INFORM -- see Proquest        
Academic Search Premier --
see EBSCOhost
       
ACM Digital Library

+    
-

[default is OR in Basic search]

Use double quotes. For example:

"artificial intelligence"

(asterisk)

*

yes

Business Source Premier -- see EBSCOhost        
EBSCOhost:  
-Academic Search P.
-Business Source P.
-Regional Bus. News
-MasterFILE Premier
-EBSCO MegaFILE
-Libr, InfoSci & Tech

AND
OR 
NOT

Use double quotes. For example:

"missouri river"

(asterisk)

*

yes

Gale Cengage  (formerly Infotrac)
-Gale Virtual Ref. Libr.
-Junior Reference Coll.
-K/12 Profess'l Coll.
-Opposing Viewpoints

AND
OR 
NOT

Use double quotes. For example:

"missouri river"

[ To find the two words within 5 words of each other, just type words. For example: coca cola ]

(asterisk)

*

yes
Gale Virtual Reference Library  -- see Gale Cengage        
IEEE Xplore

Use Advanced Search to select:  AND
OR 
NOT

Use double quotes. For example:

"missouri river"

(asterisk)

*

no

Junior Reference Collection -- see Gale Cengage        
K/12 Professional Collection -- see Gale Cengage        
LEXIS-NEXIS
 
- Academic 
 - Congressional
 - Statistical

AND
OR 
AND NOT

Use "W/1". For example:

coca w/1 cola

(exclamation point)

!

yes

MathSciNet

AND
OR 
NOT

Type the phrase. For example:

graph theory

(asterisk)

*

yes

OCLC FirstSearch

AND
OR 
NOT

Use "W". For example:

coca w cola

(asterisk)

*

yes

Opposing Viewpoints -- see Gale Cengage        
ProQuest
-ABI-INFORM
-Physical Education Index
-Research Library
-SIRS Discoverer
-SIRS Researcher

AND
OR 
AND NOT

Use double quotes. For example:

"missouri river"

For 2-word phrase, may type the phrase. For example:
missouri river
For more words, must use quotation marks. For example:
"big sioux river"

(asterisk)

*

yes

Research Library -- see Proquest        
Safari Tech Books Online

AND
OR 
ANDNOT

(all operators must be capitalized)
Use double quotes. For example: "artificial intelligence" Automatic truncation (use double quotes around word to stop it) no
SciFinder Use natural language -- a phrase or a sentence. May use: NOT None Automatic truncation no
Web of Knowledge
-BIOSIS
-Medline
-Web of Science

AND
OR 
NOT

Use double quotes. For example:
"thin film"

(asterisk)

*

yes

Note: For definitions and examples of these search techniques, see Search Techniques for Research Databases.

 


Last Updated: 7/30/13