Until now, we have been searching by topic or keywords. When a database searches for keywords, it searches the entire full text of its contents.
The solution to this problem is to use the Advanced Search features available in all databases to search specific fields, instead of searching the entire text.
This process is covered in the video below. If you prefer, you may skip to the text discussion beneath it.
Screenshot 1: To access the Advanced Search features, select a database to search. Typically, you will find a link to Advanced Search located near the generic search box (highlighted in red below).
Screenshot 2: The Advanced Search screen displays numerous features for refining your search below the search box. At the top of the screen, you will see multiple search boxes, and next to each search box, you will see pull-down menus (those with a downward pointing triangle). On the right are some further limit options (date, language, etc.). You can also add more search boxes, should you need them, by clicking the "+ Add a New Line" option.
Screenshot 3: The Select a Field menus open to reveal options (highlighted in red below). Each option includes an abbreviation and a name to tell which field it searches. Note: Some databases will use different names for the fields displayed below, though most will be similar.
Descriptions of what each field searches follow:
Note: Between the search boxes there are Boolean operator menus. These menus default to the AND operator, but you could use the menus to choose the OR or NOT operators. You could also use any of the six Boolean operators, including parentheses, quotation marks and truncation*, in the search boxes, as you would in a basic search.
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