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Finding Articles: Basic Searching

This guide will teach you everything you need to know about finding scholarly research and articles

Start your search

Select the Articles button from the library homepage and enter your search terms.

 

"Articles" automatically searches for magazine, newspaper, and journal articles. Limit results to only journal articles by clicking on any other types in the Content Area section of the left-hand sidebar to remove all but "Journal Articles."

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Search Tips

AND:
By default, all terms in a Summon search are combined with AND: teacher education will return results that contain both terms.

Quotation Marks ("") :
Put quotation marrks around any words you want to search as a phrase: "teacher education"

OR:
Use OR to expand your search: "teacher education" OR "teacher training" will return results that contain either term.

NOT:
Use NOT to exclude terms: animal NOT dog will return results that do not include the term dog.

AND, OR, and NOT must be in ALL CAPTIALS in your search.

Tilde(~):
Use the tilde character to find words within a defined proximity to other words: "yeast bread"~10 will return results where the terms are 10 words apart or less.

The tilde can also be used at the end of a word to find similar words: lead~ will also find weadveade and tead.

 

Wildcards:

will match any one character. e.g. wom?n will find woman and women

will match zero or more characters within a word or at the end of a word.

e.g. ch*ter will find chartercharacter, and chapter  | temp* will find temptationtemple, and temporary

Search a Range of Dates:

Use the { } characters to indicate a search range in Summon.

{2006 TO 2008} will return results containing 2006, 2007 and 2008.