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Library Database Searchers' Cheat Sheet

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Host Web
FirstSearch Gale Group InfoTrac JSTOR LexisNexis Academic PCI/
ProQuest Web of Science / Knowledge
truncation * *
+ (plurals only)
* * (any) &(plurals only) ! * * * (anywhere)
wildcard ? # (1 char)
? (0 to 9)
? * (any) ?(single char) * (single char) ? ? ? (1 char)
$ (0 or 1)
phrase use button w "..." "..." [default] [default] [default] "..."
and and and and AND AND and and and
or or or or OR OR or or or
not not not not NOT AND NOT not and not not
proximity Nn
near, any order
in order
in order
within n
w/n near.n
max of n words between
near/n same
in same field
proximity Wn
within, in order
+/- one word
any order
relevance boost
  pre/ n  
proximity   nn
+/- n words
fuzzy search
specify order
print records? yes yes yes yes yes browser print yes yes
e-mail records? yes yes yes no yes yes yes yes
download records? yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes
format options when downloading? yes - export yes - export html or tagged yes - export yes - includes RefWorks yes yes - export yes - export
links to other resources? Findit@UF Findit@UF Findit@UF no no Findit@UF Findit@UF Findit@UF
limit to full text? yes some yes all fulltext all fulltext no yes no
limit to peer-reviewed? yes some yes no no no yes no

note: [default] means the software will assume (by default) you mean to search for a bound phrase when you string words together.

note: n means "substitute any number". Some systems may have an upper limit, such as 10 or 25. In most cases, when you're searching for keywords in proximity to each other, you'll be using a small number. When you're interested in either "water pollution" or "pollution of the water," you may search some form of "water within 3 words of pollution".

notes: format options when downloading records:
Manage your records with RefWorks or EndNoteWeb.

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