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ESL: Searching

Search

Get started with a quick search of the catalog and multiple databases.
Search for magazine, newspaper, and scholarly journal articles.
Search Digital Archives to find digitized photos, FHSU theses, yearbooks, and more.
Search Books & More to find books & e-books, print & e-journals, DVDs, CDs, government documents, & more.

Search Operators

Once you've brainstormed keywords for your research question, think about what operators you may use. Operators are a way of combining keywords to get the best results from your search.

Boolean Operators

Ampersand by Cristina from the Noun Project  AND    Use AND when you want to find articles or other information that contains both/all keywords

         student AND secondary

toggles by Curve from the Noun Project  OR    Use OR when you want to find articles or other information that contains at least one of the keywords

          student OR learner

wrong by Adrien Coquet from the Noun Project  NOT    Use NOT when you want to find articles or other information that does not have a certain keyword

           student NOT child

You can use Boolean Operators together to perform a very specific search.  You might want to use parentheses to group your keywords together:

          student OR learner NOT child

          AND secondary

 

Other Search Tricks:

Quotation Marks   Put quotes around phrases when you want that phrase to be found in that exact order

       Quote By Consumer Financial Protection Bureau   "secondary student"

 

Wildcards   Use wildcards when there are unknown characters, multiple spellings, or endings.  Symbols for wildcards may differ, so check the Help in your databases to see what symbols they use. 

    Question by Gregor Cresnar from the Noun Project            Replace a single character   

 

Truncation   Use truncation to find all forms of a word. Symbols for truncation may differ, so check the Help in your databases to see what symbols they use. 

     Asterisk by Caio Ranieri from the Noun Project    *       Learn* will find learn, learning, learner, learners

 

Note that Wildcards and truncation can NOT be combined in one keyword for your search

Combining Keywords, Operators, and Truncation creates a very specific search:

        "secondary learn*" OR "high school" NOT child

          AND yoga

Databases with Reading or Lexile Levels

Instruction Session Survey