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Advanced Search allows you to construct single searches that seek out results from multiple information fields.

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Search for should be used for searching for words in the article title, article abstract and article keywords. To search within article title only the radio button in article title should be selected. Search for supports the Boolean operators AND, OR, NOT, with AND being the implied action if no operators are used.

  • The search phrase badger population will return all articles that contain the word badger and also the word population
  • If you enter badger or population you will get all articles that contain either word, or both. You could get results as diverse as tuberculosis in badgers and population of Nepal.
  • Using NOT will limit your search to articles containing the first word but not the second. For example badger not tuberculosis will return articles containing the word badger but will exclude any articles that also contain the word tuberculosis.
  • Use parentheses (brackets) to group search terms. shark and (white or blue) will bring back articles containing the word shark plus the word white, and/or shark plus blue.
  • Use quotation marks to search for exact phrases. "third wave" might give you results from various academic disciplines. Apply Boolean operators with two or more phrases to restrict the search e.g. "third wave" and "feminist theory".
  • Use asterisks to create wildcard searches. So psychol* will return results containing psychology, psychological, and psychologically.

Author should be used to find an article written by a specific author. Author names should be entered surname, initials or surname, firstname. When dealing with common names it is advisable to combine this search with another term, such as a word from the article title or publication name.

Publication should be used to find articles from a specific publication. By default the search will attempt to match the search term to any word within the publication title. If you know the exact publication title, select the exact title radio button. If you have an ISSN you can enter this into the Publication field and select the ISSN radio button.

Volume and Issue should be used in conjunction with Publication, when you know the publication issue in which your target article has been published.

Display allows you to select the number of search results you wish to view on one page. You can also change this on the Search Results page. 

How do I find a specific journal or book?

To find articles from a specific journal or book use the publication field on the Advanced Search page. To achieve a manageable number of search results it is advised that you combine this search with a specific volume/issue or words from the article title. If you are looking for a book or wish to browse the contents of a journal you should use the Browse Publications link in the top menu bar.

How do I search the full text?

At present the Advanced Search only operates on article summary information (metadata) and it is not possible to search the full text.

I have a citation from a journal, how do I find this specific article?

  1. Enter the known words from the title into the Search for box, and select the article title only radio button.
  2. Enter the surname of the first author (if known) into the author box
  3. Enter the publication name, and specify the volume and issue.

How do I limit my search to recent articles?

The most recently published articles in your field of research are listed first in your search results. However, the top results may include archival content if it has been made available online recently. Articles made available online in the last fourteen days are labelled with an N .

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