to search names as a phrase | ex: "walter cronkite"
as a wild card | ex: wom*n, Black*
AND between words to NARROW results | ex: "artificial intelligence" AND art
OR between words to EXPAND results | ex: "artificial intelligence" OR AI
Most databases have an Advanced Search option, which will let you search using multiple terms at once. For example:
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A database's Advanced Search option will also let you limit your search in a number of ways, including:
For example, here are some options that often appear in Advanced Search:
Different subject databases may have other options as well, but most of our databases have these as Advanced Search options.
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One box that you SHOULD NOT CHECK is the "Full Text" box. Sounds backwards, I know, but here's why:
Many databases will give you only the citation for a particular article and not the full text.
But! We have lots of databases, and the article that you need may be in a different database.
If you find an article that you want, and it looks like we don't have full text, click the blue "Find It @ GSU" button. That button will point you to the article if it's held in another database, or will help you set up an Interlibrary Loan for the article.
If you check the "Full Text" box in a database, you're actually saying that you only want articles which that particular database has available in "full text." You're shutting off that "Find It @ GSU" option.
Check out the Databases by Subject option on the library's homepage to find databases that are useful for a particular subject area.