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Edward G. Miner Library

DiscoverUR: Search & Navigation Bar

Information about using the new library discovery tool


Results Explained

A - Main search box:

  • Add your keywords here. You can combine the different terms using Boolean Operators. Learn more below. 
  • If you are searching for a know item (you know the Title, Author or Citation), check our Search for a Known Item section for additional tips.

B - Additional search options

  • Articles, Books, and More is the default
  • Library Catalog
  • E-Resources
  • Course Reserves
  • Research Guides

C- Advanced search

  • The Advanced Search interface allows you to design searches that retrieve more focused results than basic keyword searches. Use the Advanced Search interface to select search fields and incorporate the Boolean Operators AND, OR and NOT between search terms in you queries. 

Results Explained

D- My Account and Menu 

  • Log into and access your library account
  • Menu
    • Library Card
    • RefWorks
    • My Favorites 
    • Search History 

E-  Number of Results, page number, and selected articles

  • View the number of results from your search. 
  • If you have selected any articles those will show here as well. 

F- Additional search options

  • New Search
  • Database Search
  • Journal Title Search
  • Search by Citation
  • Browse Search

Boolean Operators & Building the Search

  • Search phrases using quotation marks
    • example:  "to be or not to be"
    • "computational linguistics" will return exact matches on "computational linguistics", but not "linguistics and computational chemistry" or "computational chemistry and linguistics"
  • Combine words with AND, OR, and NOT in capital letters
    • example:  microcircuits OR nanocircuits
    • Complex searches may combine elements--in which case, use parentheses around OR terms
    • example:  homeless AND (healthcare OR "health care") AND (adolescents OR "young adults")
  • Substitute * for several possible letters
    • example:   child*  will find child, childhood, children, etc.
  • Substitute ? for one letter within a word
    • example:  Ols?n to find Olsen or Olson, but it will not find Olsson because there are two characters between the "s" and the "n" in that name.