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Database Quick Guides   Tags: database, history  

Basic information on writing search queries in library databases. Intended audience: advanced searchers, or searchers interested in learning more about advanced searching options.
Last Updated: Feb 4, 2014 URL: Print Guide RSS UpdatesEmail Alerts

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The purpose of this guide is to provide fast answers to frequently asked questions about composing queries for database searches. Questions like:

  • What symbol does this database use for truncating search terms?
  • How do I search for an exact phrase in this database?
  • What Boolean operators are allowed?

Designed for quick consultation, each section is laid out as a simple table, written in a terse prose style, and formatted for easy printing (click "Print This Page" on the right of the screen). 

The guide is organized by interface. Sometimes, a database has its own interface (e.g. JSTOR), but more commonly a single interface provides access to multiple database titles.

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