A. Boolean Operators
OR is mORe (joins similar terms) e.g. jazz OR music
AND is less (joins dissimilar terms) e.g. identity AND sonnet
Sample Search Using both AND and OR
love OR affection
B. Quotation Marks
Use quotation marks to search for a phrase
Use a symbol to look for variant endings of a word. The asterisk * is the most commonly used symbol.
Take advantage of limiters (filters) in the databases.
E. Use UC-eLinks buttons
These are intended to make your life easier! Use the UC-eLinks button to locate the article/book OR to Request it through Interlibrary Loan.
Also we aware of whether your are looking at a book, book chapter, or article. This will make a difference when you decide whether or not to check Melvyl via the UCeLinks window.
F. Bibliographies / Cited By
Make use of bibliographies in books and articles and/or use Cited By functionality. Search for a known item in Melvyl (e.g. book) or Google Scholar (e.g. article).
Discover how articles are connected to each other. Use this information to save time when you research. (1:44)