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Using the Library: Searching Tips and Tricks

A guide to using Thorne Library's resources.

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Here are a few tricks for getting better search results!

Full Text & Scholarly (Peer Reviewed) Journals:

  • Selecting the "Full Text" box ensures that you can actually read the book or articles which appear in the results list. It's almost always a good idea to select this option.
  • Selecting the "Scholarly (Peer Reviewed) Journals" box ensures that the articles in the results list have been critiqued by other academic professionals. When you're looking for a journal article, it's a good idea to select this option.


  • The asterisk (*) can be used to search for all words that start with the text before the asterisk
    • For example: politic* will bring results for "political," "politics," "politician," etc.
  • The question mark (?) can be used to replace a single letter within a word
    • For example: wom?n will include results for "woman" and "women"


  • The word "and" can be used to specify certain combinations of keywords
    • For example: "stocks and bonds"
  • The word "or" can be used to generate broader results
    • For example: "alaska or canada"
  • The words "and not" can be used to exclude irrelevant results
    • For example: "adventure and not vacation"

Search Fields:

  • You can alter the search type by changing the search field.
    • Useful fields include "AU Author," "TI Title," and "SU Subject Terms"
    • This can be found in the Advanced Search option

Searches with Multiple Words:

  • University science department
  • University and science and department
    • These two searches will retrieve the same results.
  • "University science department"
    • Quotation marks limit the search to materials which include the search text exactly as it is typed, so the results will be limited significantly.

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