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SUNY Geneseo Fraser Hall Library Subject Guides


HIST 112 South Africa & the Anti-Apartheid Movement -- Professor Lewis: Effective Searching

Truncation (The Asterisk)

An Asterisk (*) at the end of a term will allow you to search for different forms of a word with what you enter as a base.  For example:

will return Education, Educator, Educators, Educate, Educated

whereas

will return just Education exactly as you type it in.

This is a very simple and effective way of broadening the number of results you get.

Common Search Errors

Common searching errors:

#1 Getting the search logic wrong -- confusing "and" and "or"

Fixed:

 

 

#2 Adding extraneous words

 

Fixed:

 

 

#3 Getting the search logic wrong -- confusing "and" and "or"

 

Fixed:

Call Numbers

Uncertain of where to start searching for your call number?
Check out the floorplan for the Upper Level

Phrase Searching (Quotation Marks)

Quotations marks (" ") will group words as a phrase, ensuring they appear next to each other in the record. For example:

will return only articles that use those terms right next to each other.

whereas will return articles that may mention Great in one part of the record and Depression in another part of the record. 

Using IDS (Interlibrary Loan)

If you find an article in one of the library databases that doesn't have a PDF icon, click on the button to access the full text. One of two things will happen: 1) either we have access to the full text from one our databases and the article will open in a new window, or 2) a window will open with a link to request it through IDS:

Click on this link, then use your Geneseo username and password to log into IDS.  (If you haven't set up your account, you will have to fill out a brief form to do so.  You will only have to fill this out once):

Effective Database Searching