PQDT Open: Search Tips

 

Please click the search tips topic you wish to review.

 
Hints:
  • Use "quotation marks" to search for exact phrases
  • Use special characters and operators (below) to focus your query

Operators

  • AND

    Finds all the words
    Example: food AND nutrition

  • OR

    Broader search. Finds Dissertations and Theses with either the first or the second word
    Example: diet OR nutrition

  • AND NOT

    Finds Dissertations and Theses with the first word, that do not have the second word
    Example: test AND NOT education

    Truncation and Wildcards

  • * - Finds all forms of a word, including plurals. For example: searching for educ* will find education, educators, and education.
  • ? - Replaces one character in a word. For example: searching for wom?n will find women and woman.

Search Field Syntax

Use search fields to focus your search.

Advisor

Use to find Dissertations and Theses completed under the supervision of a specific academic advisor.

Valid Forms:

  • ADV
  • ADVISOR
  • ADVISER
    Example:
    • ADV(Smith)

    Author

    Use to find dissertations and theses written by a specific person.

      Valid Forms:
      • AUTHOR
      • AU
        Examples:
        • AUTHOR(Smith)
        • AU(Tom Munk)
        Committee Members

        Use to find dissertations and theses with a specific committee member.

          Valid Form:
          • CMT
            Example:
            • CMT(Mackey)

            Department

            Use to find dissertations and theses from a specific department at a school.

              Valid Form:
              • DEP
                Example:
                • DEP(Political Science)

                ISBN

                Use to find dissertations and theses with a specific International Standard Book Number (ISBN). Do not enter hyphens.

                  Valid Form:
                  • ISBN
                    Example:
                    • ISBN(9780549123538)

                    Keywords (dissertation topic)

                    Use to find dissertations and theses focused on a particular area, as described by the author.

                      Valid Form:
                      • IF
                        Examples:
                        • IF(achievement)

                        Publication Number

                        Use to find a specific dissertation or thesis by its publication number. When searching, do not include any alphabetic prefix, only include the numbers.

                          Valid Form:
                          • DISPUB
                            Example:
                            • DISPUB(3272803)

                            School

                            Use to find dissertations and theses from a specific school.

                              Valid Forms:
                              • SC
                              • SCH
                                Example:
                                • SCH(Indiana University)

                                School Location

                                Use to find a school in a specific location, such as a country or state.

                                  Valid Form:
                                  • SCHLOC
                                    Example:
                                    • SCHLOC(Indiana)

                                    Subject

                                    Use to find dissertations and theses on a particular topic.

                                      Valid Form:
                                      • SUB
                                        Example:
                                        • SUB(mathematics education)

                                        Title of dissertation/thesis

                                        Use to find dissertations and theses with specific words in the title.

                                          Valid Forms:
                                          • TI
                                          • TITLE
                                            Examples:
                                            • TI(Education)
                                            • TI(career and education)