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SUNY Geneseo Fraser Hall Library Subject Guides


ENGL 203 Reader & Text: Caring about Characters -- Professor Fallon: 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.

Effective Searching

 

                                                                   

 

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. 

Call Numbers

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