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ABOUT SEARCH TIPS FACETED DISPLAY RESULTS

Boolean Searching

The search engine uses a straight forward keyword search that automatically inserts the Boolean AND command (operator) between all words entered.

There are other search commands (e.g., OR, NOT, N(), W(), etc.) that you can use. Please see the Ebsco documentation for more information about these.

Alternatively, users can focus or narrow their results after the search is completed by using the faceted results display.

Truncation and Wildcard Characters

Truncation and wildcard characters can expand your search results by modifying your search words.

  1. Truncation means that you want to search for all variations of a root word. Here's the command:
    • The asterisk (*): use it at the end of a word root. For example:
    • environ* locates environ, environs, environment, environmental, etc.
    • psycholog* locates psychology, psychological, psychologically, psychologist, psychologists, etc.
  2. Wildcard characters allow you to search on spelling variations of your search words (British vs. American spellings are one type of variation). Below is one of the command characters, and examples of how it works. Please see the Ebsco documentation for more detail.
    • The pound symbol (#): use it to locate words whose spelling varies by zero or one letter. (Especially useful for those British spelling variations!) For example:
    • colo#r locates both color and colour
    • wom#n locates both woman and women

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