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Database Searching Tips

CQ Researcher

Optimal Search Template:Advanced (Click below simple search box.)

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

Possible Connectors: AND, OR, NOT

Truncation: Asterisk. e.g. motiv*

Proximity Searching: w/# e.g. econom* w/5 german*

Formal Subject Searching: Yes. Click "Topic" button.

Key Feature: Can select "Specific Report Sections" with checkboxes.

Early American Imprints

Optimal Search Template:   Click on "Advanced Search." 

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

Possible Connectors:  AND, OR, NOT

Truncation:   Asterisk.    e.g.  motiv*   Use question mark for internal, e.g. wom?n

Proximity Searching:   near#    e.g.  dog near5 cat

Formal Subject Searching:   Yes.   Drop-down menu; choose "in SUBJECTS."

Key Feature:   Can click on "Subjects" tab below to get to clickable list.

EBSCO Databases

Optimal Search Template:   Advanced (default)

Default Connector:   phrase-search

Possible Connectors:   AND,   OR,   NOT 

Truncation:   Asterisk:   e.g.  motiv*

Proximity Searching:   n#    e.g.  dog n5 cat

Formal Subject Searching:  Yes.  Drop-down menu "Subject Terms"

Key Feature:   When searching multiple databases: There is a limiters box for each database chosen.

European View of the Americas - Powered by EBSCO

Optimal Search Template:  Click on "Advanced Search" below single box. (There is NO multiple search-box template.)

Default Connector:   phrase-search

Possible Connectors:   AND,   OR,   NOT 

Truncation:   Asterisk:   e.g.  motiv*

Proximity Searching:   n#    e.g.  dog n5 cat

Formal Subject Searching:  Yes.  Type "SU" [no quotes] before subject term(s).

Key Features:   Choose "Field Codes" link above search box to see SU, TI, AU, etc.   Note publication date boxes and slide provided.

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