Search Tips:

All searches are basic. A word entered in any field will search for that string of letters as part of words and phrases in that field. As a result, a search may return some records that are irrelevant. For example, searching "Mexico" will also find "New Mexico." It can be useful, as well: seaching "Australia" will also find "Australian" and "Australians," eliminating the need to do multiple searches. To search for a brief phrase, use quotation marks. Without quotation marks, the search will operate only on the first word of the phrase (i.e., the first string of letters before a space). All fields can be combined for searching.

General Tips

Problems


General Tips

Searching with the Name field:
Use the Name field to find both titles by faculty members and about faculty members. The complete name is not necessary, but make sure to check your spelling. If you are unsure of the spelling of a faculty member's name, you can check current and emeritus faculty on the department website. For deceased faculty members, try the emeritus website.

Searching with the Title field:
If a single word is entered in the field, all instances of that string of characters in any title will be found. To search a phrase in a title, use quotation marks. Leave out "A," "An," and "The" at the beginning of a title (or their equivalents in other languages).

Searching with the Year field:
Only one year may be searched at a time. This field is most useful for narrowing the search of another field.

Searching with Keywords:
A keyword search looks at multiple fields, including Title, Abstracts, and Notes. Except in rare cases, use one keyword at a time without quotation marks. This field can return too many or too few results, depending on the words used. Spelling can also make a difference, for example, British journals use different spellings despite the nationality of the author. Government agencies may also use different spellings. Using a wild card (e.g., an asterisk) in the middle of the word can help eliminate that factor, or leave the last few letters off a word to get singular and plural instances or noun and adjective instances of a word. For example, use arch*ology or arch_eology to return both archaeology and archeology, or Canad to return Canada and Canadian.

What is a DOI?
The Digital Object Identifier (DOI) is a system for identifying content objects in the digital environment. DOIs are names assigned to any entity for use on digital networks. They are used to provide current information, including where they (or information about them) can be found on the Internet. Information about a digital object may change over time, including where to find it, but its DOI will not change. More on DOIs.


Problems:

Too many results:
Try using more than one field. For example, use the Format field with a faculty name to return only certain kinds of records. For a keyword search, try using a more specific term, or use a phrase in quotation marks in the Title field.

Not enough results:
Make your search less specific. If using multiple fields, try eliminating one. Some fields will return better results than others. Keywords is a difficult field to use, since choice of words or slight spelling differences can change the results. Using more general terms may help. See above, Searching with Keywords for more tips.

Cannot link to article:
Berkeley users: make sure you are connecting through the proxy server. If you are, look up the journal on Pathfinder for additional information. If this does not help, contact the library.
Other users: most articles are available only to campuses or individuals with a subscription. If you are certain that you have permission to view an article, try linking with the DOI if available, and make sure that you are following the connection protocols of your library. If you are still unable to connect, contact your librarian.