Select a database or group from the list below to see its special search features.
For the list of databases included in provider groups, select a link from the sidebar.

 

Accessible Archives
ACS (Amer. Chem. Soc.) Publications
America's Historical Newspapers
BioOne

CQ Researcher
Early American Imprints
EBSCO Databases
European Views of the Americas

Google Book Search
Google Scholar
Goucher Library Online Catalog
JSTOR

Literature Online (LION)
Project Muse
ProQuest Databases

Readex
SciVerse/Science Direct
WorldCat (Classic)
WorldCat (Local)



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. 

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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 

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   America's Historical Newspapers, 1660-1900


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 

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   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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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.

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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.

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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.

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European Views of the Americas

 

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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Google Book Search

 

Optimal Search Template:  Use simple box - will find magazine issues as well as books, though button is labeled "search books."

Default Connector:    AND and OR  when using simple box  (ANDed sites ranked higher.)  To phrase-search, use quotation marks.

Truncation:   no truncation

Proximity Searching:   no proximity

Formal Subject Searching:   no subject searching

Key Feature:   Search-input box (to left of page images) will find sought words within text.

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Google Scholar

 

Optimal Search Template:   Advanced (Click on triangle at right end of simple box.)

Default Connector: (AND and OR when using simple box; ANDed sites ranked higher.) To phrase-search in Advanced, use box "Exact Phrase."

Possible Connectors: Use "with all" box for ANDs. Use "at least one" box for ORs.

Truncation: Not available

Proximity Searching: Not available

Formal Subject Searching: Not available

Key Feature: Click triangle at right end of “anywhere in the article” box to choose article-title searching.

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Goucher College Online Catalog  

 

Optimal Search Template:   Advanced (link is right of search box)

Default Connector:  In keyword it's AND, but can phrase-search by using quotation marks

Possible Connectors:   AND,  OR   e.g.(dog or cat) and AND NOT

Truncation:   Asterisk.    e.g.  motiv*

Proximity Searching:   YES. In keyword, use within # e.g. dog within 5 cat

Formal Subject Searching:   YES.  Select "Subject" from drop-down menu

Key Feature:  Can use "Material Type" drop-down menu to limit search to scores, videos, etc.

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JSTOR

 

Optimal Search Template:   Advanced (Link is below left end of search box)

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:   "two words" ~#     e.g.  "dog cat"~5

Formal Subject Searching:   no subject indexing

Key Feature:   Note check- boxes for: field-searching, type of article, targeting journals.

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Literature Online (LION)

 

Optimal Search Template: Choose "Criticism & Reference" then "Criticism"

Default Connector:    phrase-search

Possible Connectors:   AND,  OR,   NOT

Truncation:   Asterisk:  e.g. motiv*

Proximity Searching:   near.#   e.g.  dog near.5 cat

Formal Subject Searching:    YES. Use "select from a list" at right of "Subject" box.

Key Feature:   TEXTS" file offers searchable full-text of prose, poetry, drama. 

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Project Muse

 

Optimal Search Template:   Advanced search  (Next to Basic Search)

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

Possible Connectors:   AND,  OR,   NOT

Truncation:   Asterisk:  e.g. motiv*

Proximity Searching:   No proximity except phrase

Formal Subject Searching:   YES. Drop-down menu:  "Subject Headings"

Key Feature:   Can check-box: "Include articles from JSTOR back issues."

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ProQuest Databases

 

Optimal Search Template:   Advanced (Green tab at top)

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

Possible Connectors:  AND,  AND NOT,  OR

Truncation:   Asterisk:  e.g.motiv*

Proximity Searching:   w/#  e.g.  dog w/5 cat

Formal Subject Searching:   Only available if "Subject" appears in drop-down menu

Key Feature:   "More Search  Options": Drop-down menu for article types.

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Readex

 
Optimal Search Template:   Default; click "Add Search Field" for more boxes

Default Connector:     AND   To phrase-search use quotation marks

Possible Connectors:   AND,   AND NOT,   OR

Truncation:   Asterisk:  e.g. motiv*

Proximity Searching:  Use NEAR#  e.g.  dog NEAR5 cat

Formal Subject Searching: No subject indexing

Key Features:  "Return" drop-down menu to display "Best matches first."  "Custom Date Range" possible under search box(es).

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SciVerse / Science Direct

 

Optimal Search Template: Default is "Advanced."

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

Possible Connectors:   AND,   AND NOT,   OR

Truncation:   Asterisk:  e.g. motiv*

Proximity Searching: None, except phrase

Formal Subject Searching: No subject indexing

Key Features:

  • Drop-down menu for "References" search
  • Question mark hunts for single character variations, e.g. wom?n
  • Default search covers past 10 years

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WorldCat (Classic)

 

Optimal Search Template:  Advanced (default)

Default Connector:   AND   Use drop-down to phrase-search.

Possible Connectors:   AND,  OR,  NOT

Truncation:   Asterisk:   e.g.  motiv*     (may cause error message)

Proximity Searching:   w#  e.g.  (dog) within 5 (cat)

Formal Subject Searching:   YES. Drop-down menu: Note "Subject" and "Subject Phrase" options.

Key Feature: "Rank by:" (at template bottom):Can switch from "Number of Libraries" to "Date"

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WorldCat (Local)

 
Optimal Search Template:  YES.  Click on "Advanced Search" below single box 

Default Connector:   "+" = AND.   Use quotes to phrase-search.

Possible Connectors:   "+" to "AND" words;  OR (must be capitalized!) to OR words; "-" to NOT words

Truncation:   Asterisk:   e.g.  motiv*     (may cause error message)

Proximity Searching:   None

Formal Subject Searching:   YES. Drop-down menu:  Choose "Subject"

Key Feature:  Use "Format" drop-down menu to retrieve "Book"s rather than articles

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