Answered By: Matt LaBrake
Last Updated: Jun 09, 2017     Views: 134

Using the advanced search in a library database gives you a variety of options to focus your search results. Using the advanced search can greatly enhance the search experience, saving you much time and effort while also improving results.

Common functions in an advanced search include:

  • Selecting specific fields to search in (Ex: author, title, publication)
  • Using Boolean operators to connect search strings (Ex: author=Twain AND title=”Tom Sawyer”)
  • Limit search to full text articles
  • Limit search to scholarly articles or peer reviewed articles
  • Limit search by publication date range
  • Limit search by source type, document type, language, etc.


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