Advanced Searching in WorldCat by Field (ti = title, au = author, etc.)
ti: (search a word(s) in the title)
au: search for author’s name
kw: search for keyword in the major fields (title, author, publication, subject, summary, table of contents)
su: search for a term in an assigned subject heading
(after you have determined relevant subject headings)
yr: year of publication (or a range, yr:2000..2013)
Other Search Tips
Complex Search Example
su:college student* ti:(adjust* OR transition* OR retention* OR retain*) kw:“first year” yr:2005..2013
(Link to above search: http://bit.ly/YC4xF6)
Google Advanced Searching Options
“…” = exact phrase
OR = “or”
— = “not” (minus sign)
~ = synonym searching
Remember: a space implies AND
Also, look for the Advanced Search box, accessible through the arrow in the Search box (adds options for specific author, journal title, or date range searching).
See “Operators and More Search Help” by Google: http://bit.ly/Xqote7
Settings for Google Scholar
Upper Right icon (gear)
Choose to exclude patents (check box).
Change # of Results per page—20
To Retain Settings, you must enable Cookies & be signed in to Google.
Settings for Google Books
Look for “Search Tools” button under Search Box on Results page.
Select “Preview Available” where it says “Any books” to gain increased searchability.
Exclude Magazines by selecting “Books” under “Any document”.
Choose a century (19th, 20th, 21st) under “Any time”.
Sort by Relevance or Date.
Search for terms within your selected book in the Left search box, mid-page level.
Searching by Subject Terms
Thesaurus – Plug in keyword and Browse for ERIC descriptors/subjects
Conduct a Search by Keyword and look for relevant Subjects assigned to relevant articles
Advanced Searching Tips
Search keywords in Title field (dropdown menu to Right of Search box)
“…” = exact phrase
* = any ending/letters to follow a root word
OR between similar concepts/synonyms in same Search box
Limit to Peer-Reviewed/Scholarly Articles
To Save a Search
Select Add/Save/Alert link from blue bar
Copy & Paste Permalink or Save search to Folder (create an EBSCOhost account and sign in to preserve all items you put into a folder)
Narrow to Journal Articles (exclude ERIC Documents, or ED#s)
Submit Thesis/Dissertation requests directly to Lana Wilson, rather than through Interlibrary Loan