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Academic Search Complete Tips
Academic Search Complete Tips

Academic Search Complete Tips

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Advanced Search

advanced searchIn Advanced Search, you will automatically start off with three search boxes (#1). You can simply type in your search terms and hit enter. Or you can choose what field to start (#2). You can search by title, author, subject, etc. (#3) You can also search in multiple fields by entering a different term in each box and picking separate fields. Each separate search box is connected by a drop down Boolean Operator [AND, OR, NOT] . See Boolean Operators in Action! video clips on how to search using Boolean Operators.

ASC Advanced Search boxes

Search Limits

The search limits for Advanced Search are very similar to those for Basic Search. For the most part, they are self-explanatory. Here's a breakdown of the most relevant/useful limiters:

Academic Search Complete Search Limits

  1. Check this box for full text. Full text articles can be viewed and printed in their entirely through the database.
  2. Check this box for scholarly / peer reviewed journals. In many cases, your professors will expect you to use scholarly articles for your papers.
  3. Check this box for articles with references available.
  4. Use these boxes to limit your search to a particular date range.
  5. If you know the name of the magazine or journal you want to search in, type in the name here.
  6. Use this menu to specify what language you want your articles in. This is handy if you are receiving a large number of foreign language articles.
  7. Use this menu to specify what type of document you want. Use this to specify book reviews, case studies, or even bibliographies.

For even more tips & options to expand and narrow your results watch these two additional UC Libraraies video clips on how to search Academic Search Complete using 1# Subject Headings and #2 Field Searching.

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