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Database Searching Tips

Accessible Archives

Optimal Search Template:  Click on "Show more search boxes" -- under main search box.

Default Connector:     AND To phrase-search use quotation marks.

Possible Connectors:   AND   OR   NOT

Truncation:  Use an asterisk, e.g. revolution*   

Proximity Searching:  Type two words in quotes, followed by ~# (up to 5):  e.g.  "slave* trade"~3

Formal Subject Searching:  No subject searching but "Word Index" shows occurrences.

Key Features:  Note "Date of Publication" search boxes, and drop-down menu for choosing individual publications, but Goucher does NOT subscribe to all the titles listed. 

ACS (American Chemical Society) Publications

Optimal Search Template:  Click on "Advanced Search" tab -- upper right of simple search box.

Default Connector:     AND    To phrase-search use quotation marks.

Possible Connectors:   AND   OR   NOT

Truncation:  Use an asterisk, e.g. oxygen*   

Proximity Searching:  no proximity

Formal Subject Searching:  no subject searching

Key Feature:  Checkbox "Enable stemming" to catch all words sharing same prefix,  e.g. nano

America's Historical Newspapers, 1690-1900

Optimal Search Template:  Click on "Add Search Field" for each extra search box required

Default Connector:     AND    To phrase-search use quotation marks.

Possible Connectors:   AND   OR   NOT

Truncation:  Use an asterisk, e.g. histor*   

Proximity Searching:  Type "near" between words, e.g. near5

Formal Subject Searching:  subject searching is by eras only

Key Feature:  Can limit publications to same state by clicking on "Places of Publication" tab 

BioOne

Optimal Search Template:  Advanced (default)

Default Connector: phrase-search

Possible Connectors:   AND   OR   NOT

Truncation: Automatic in title, abstract, and full-text fields

Proximity Searching: Not available

Formal Subject Searching: Not available

Key Feature: Can search captions of figures and tables.

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