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Basic Search Tips

  • Place quotation marks around keyword phrases

"trench warfare"
"Iranian Coup"

  • Capitalize Boolean logic connectors (AND, OR).

narrative OR plot
"American Involvement" AND World War I

  • Click either "View all formats and languages" or "View all editions" to view all library holdings for a particular title.
  • Items at UD appear first in the list of search results. Other items can be requested via interlibrary loan.

Advanced Search Tips

  • Type au:, su: or ti: before your keywords to specify author, subject or title words.

su:American Revolution

Tips & Tricks for Searching for Articles

Finding articles within databases and journals is not the same process you would use to conduct a search in Google or an internet search engine. You cannot type in a question, but rather need to choose specific keywords and phrases to find results. These tips are similar to how you would search for material in DELCAT Discovery. 

Helpful Ways to Search: 

  • Use quotations around a phrase to "tell" the database or journal that you want these words to remain together.
    • Ex: "GI Bill" 
  • Think of synonyms to your keywords...Especially when conducting historical research, you may need to develop words and phrases that were used during that particular time period, rather than modern-day words.
    • Ex: World War I; First World War; The Great War - All would give you different results! 
  • Use AND/OR to connect words, concepts, and phrases together to receive specified results.
    • Ex: World War I AND PTSD

Use the Advanced Search option in databases and journals to narrow down by date, region, type of document, and more! 

Journals give you the ability to search for articles on a specific topic or event. It can be an easier way to find relevant information because you are usually not sifting through a large pool of results. If you visit the E-Journals page, you can bring up a list of all the journals with subject content related to this topic. You can also search for a specific journal title from the E-Journals page or in DELCAT Discovery.