ArticlesPlus Search Tips

Phrase Searching

ArticlesPlus allows for phrase searching with the use of quotation marks (" "). The query "teacher education" will find results with that phrase.

Wildcard Use in ArticlesPlus

Searches within ArticlesPlus can be performed using the wildcards "?" and "*".

The question mark (?) will match any one character and can be used, for example, to retrieve results that include either "Olsen" or "Olson" by searching for: ols?n

The asterisk (*) will match zero or more of any characters within a word, or at the end of a word. A search for ch*ter will retrieve "charter", "character", "chapter", etc. When used at the end of a word, such as temp*, it will match all suffixes, retrieving "temp", "temptation", "temple", "temporary", etc.

Wildcards cannot be used as the first character of a search.

Proximity to Other Words

Use the tilde (~) character at the end of multiple terms between quotation marks, followed by a number, to find instances where those terms occur within that number of words of one another (regardless of order).

For example: "yeast bread"~10 retrieves instances where the terms are 10 words apart or less; "red white blue"~5 retrieves instances where all three terms are within 5 words of each other.

Boolean Operators

ArticlesPlus supports the use of the following Boolean operators: OR, NOT, -

By default, all terms in a search are combined with the AND operator.

These operators must be entered in ALL CAPS characters to be recognized by ArticlesPlus as Boolean operators rather than search terms. If entered in lower-case characters, "and", "or" and "not" will be treated as search terms.

The OR operator can be used to expand the results set. For example: microcircuits OR nanocircuits . This search will return items that contain either term.

Phrases can also be combined in this way. For example: "teacher education" OR "educator training".

To exclude items in ArticlesPlus, use the NOT operator or "-" character before a term or phrase. For example: animal NOT dog . The results will not include the term "dog". Another example: "brad pitt" -"angelina jolie" . The results will all include Brad Pitt's full name, but not his wife's.

Searching Specific Fields

The single ArticlesPlus search box (or an "All Fields" search box in ArticlesPlus Advanced Search) will search across many fields automatically. Thus, even entering codes such as ISBNs, ISSNs, or Digital Object Identifiers will retrieve associated records.

To search specific fields, you can use the drop-down menus of the search boxes on the ArticlesPlus Advanced Search screen (http://www.lib.umich.edu/articlesplus/advanced).

Or you can explicitly search a particular field using the syntax: field:(query) . For example, a search for ISSN:(1234-5678) finds records that contain that value in the ISSN field.

Searchable fields:

  • Title
  • SubjectTerms [a combination of subject headings, descriptors, and assigned keywords]
  • Author
  • Publisher
  • PublicationTitle [i.e. journal/serial title]
  • Volume
  • Issue
  • Language
  • Notes
  • ISBN [i.e. International Standard Book Number]
  • ISSN [i.e. International Standard Serial Number]
  • DOI [i.e. Digital Object Identifier]
  • DEWEY [i.e. Dewey Decimal Classification Number]
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Last modified: 01/30/2013