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BIOL 1023 - Principles of Biology: Search Tips

General search tips

If you’re coming up with too few or too many results, try these tips!

Broaden your search

• Shorten a word to its root (truncate it) and add an asterisk (*)
   ◦ A search for pollut* would include the words pollute, pollution, pollutant, pollutants...

• Use OR instead of AND between keywords

Narrow your search

• Use AND between keywords
• Use NOT to exclude keywords

Boolean operators

AND only returns search results that contain both keywords

OR returns results that include either keyword

NOT excludes one or more of your keywords

Search tips for Web of Science

Web of Science has a lot of features to make narrowing your search and finding similar documents easier for you.  Here are a few of them:

 On the main search page

  • Under Timespan, narrow the date range
  • Add another search term

 On the results page

  • On the left side of the screen, narrow your results by CATEGORY, DOCUMENT TYPE, AUTHOR, etc.

 On an individual record page

  • View the Author-supplied Keywords or Keyword Plus - use those terms in your search
  • Click on View Related Records
  • View Cited References and to read abstracts or download articles from the bibliography
  • View Times Cited to read abstracts or download articles that cited the article of interest

*And remember: You can save marked records and email them to yourself*