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SIS 2038: Monsters Medieval Style: Searching Tips & Tricks

Searching Tips & Tricks

The Basics

  • Spelling counts!
  • Lower case is fine
  • No need to put in punctuation

Keyword Searching

  • You need to try different forms of your words!
    • monster, beast, creature, etc.
    • gryffin, gryphon, griffen, etc.
  • You may get unexpected results!
    • Example: "medieval dragon books" could result in resources about modern children's books featuring dragons!

Power Searching

  • Boolean operators: AND narrows your search results
    • mermaids and sirens
    • mermaids and medieval and manuscripts
  • Boolean operators: OR expands your search using variations of terms
    • monsters or mermaids or sirens
  • Boolean operators: NOT removes terms you’re not interested in
    • mermaid not siren
  • Truncation – another way to search variations of terms at once by using the asterisk as a wildcard symbol
    • Instead of: mermaid or mermaiden
    • Try: merma*
  • Phrases – look for a particular set of words in a specific order by enclosing them in quotation marks
    • “medieval manuscripts”
    • “medieval literature”
    • “monsters in fiction”
  • Limits – narrow down that huge set of results you have
    • Range of years: 2005-2014
    • Subject terms: terms used by the database to organize the resources
    • Type of material: books, scholarly, etc.

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