Advanced Search

Advanced Search enables searching of multiple fields. Additional search fields include Title, Author, Subject and Graphic Title. In addition, Advanced Search enables proximity searching within the full-text database(s).

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Title
The Title Search field is useful when you already know the title of the article that you are searching for and you want to quickly access that article.

To conduct a Title Search, enter the title (or a portion of the title) that you are searching for (i.e. Iraq’s Civil War) and select Title from the drop-down box. This query searches the title line of the articles in the database for the title entered.

Title searches can be returned by either relevance or date.

Author
The Author Search field is useful when you want to locate articles in the database written by a particular author.

To conduct an Author Search, enter the name of the author that you are searching for (i.e. Jim Lobe) and select Author from the drop-down box. This query searches the author line of the articles in the database for the name entered.

If you enter only the last name of an author as your query (i.e. Smith), the Author Search returns articles in the database written by all authors with either the first or last name of Smith.

Author searches can be returned by either relevance or date.

Subject
The Subject Search field allows you to search by Subject Heading. Use to search a subject index to quickly locate results indexed according to Subject Headings.

To conduct a Subject Heading Search, enter the subject you are searching for (i.e. Cloning) and select Subject from the drop down box.  This query searches all articles indexed under the subject heading.

Subject searches can be returned by either relevance or date.

Boolean Searching in Multiple Fields

The Author, Title and Subject fields can be searched independently or in conjunction with the Full Text.  In the following example, Subject Headings including Cloning and Bioethics and George W. Bush in the full text are returned.

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Proximity Search

Proximity Search is useful for finding one word in a predetermined proximity of another word within the full-text article. Type in the first term (i.e. National) and select how close you wish the words to be to one another in the drop-down box. Type in the second term (i.e.bank) to help pinpoint your search. Searching for National within 5 words of bank returns results where the content is more likely to be about a National Bank than a bank of a river in a national park.

Sorting Methods

Quick Search and Advanced Search offer the option of having results returned by relevance, date or Lexile ascending or Lexile descending order.

Relevance

Articles that contain the most matches of key words or phrases in your search are returned first.

Date Order

Articles that contain the key words or phrases in your search are returned in reverse chronological order, with the most recent articles in the database first.

Lexile Ascending

Articles with the lowest Lexile score are displayed first.

Lexile Descending

Articles with the highest Lexile score are displayed first.

Lexile Range

Return articles within a Student's Lexile reading level by typing in the lowest score in the first box and largest score in the second.  Leave these fields blank to return all Lexile scores.

Note: This feature may be disabled by your system administrator. See System Administrator Options

Graphic Title Search

The Graphic Title search is useful for finding graphics.

Locate graphics about AIDS by typing in AIDS and select Search. To further narrow your search use a Boolean operator such as AIDS AND Africa.

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Results set is composed of a thumbnail image of the graphic and graphic titles.

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Select the Graphic or Graphic title to view the graphic. A link to the accompanying article is also presented.