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library Search techniques

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Search points

There are two search points that the users can retrieve our resources

  • 1) Search All (EBSCO Discovery Service -EDS)
  • 2) Subject-specific/ Format-specific databases
  • EBSCO Discovery Service is a customizable discovery layer that provides libraries with the flexibility to bring together their collections into a single search platform.

    Search All (Discovery Service -EDS)

    Discovery Service is a customizable discovery layer that provides libraries with the flexibility to bring together their collections into a single search platform.

    Users can search across databases and our OPAC by using this search point. Refer guides here: Recorded Webinar streaming only  Presentation slides download

    Past Exam Question

    AeU Examination papers: users can search via this link link guide a available at guide

    ProQuest Database

    ProQuest database where users can retrieve from this point and and guide

    AeU Repository

    AeU Repository (collection of theses, project papers and University publications) users can explore from this link guide is available at guide

    Search tips

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    Use AND to narrow a search and retrieve records containing all of the words it separates, e.g. adolescents AND children  will only find records containing both these words.
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    Use OR to broaden a search and retrieve records containing any of the words it separates, e.g.adolescents OR children  will find records containing adolescents only, children only, or both words.
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    Use NOT to narrow a search and retrieve records that do not contain the term following it,  e.g. adolescents NOT children will find records that contain adolescents, but will not contain the word children.
    Put the words between quotation marks (“”) to search for exact phrases. ex "advertising campaigns"
    The asterisk (*) is the Truncation character, used to replace one or more characters. The truncation character can be used at the end (right-hand truncation), or in the middle of a word. The maximum number of characters that will be retrieved is 5.  Example: Searching for econom* will find economY, economICS, economICAL, etc.
    The question mark symbol (?) is the Wildcard character, used to replace any single character, either inside or at the right end of the word.  One single ? will retrieve only one more character, ?? won't retrieve less than 2 more characters, etc. Example: Searching for t?re will find tire, tyre, tore, etc..
    Use a hyphen to indicate a range when searching numerical fields, such as Publication date. Example: YR(2005-2008)
    Use the less than or greater than symbols to indicate before/after or smaller/larger or less/more when searching numerical fields, such as the Publication date. Example: YR(>2008) will locate documents published after 2008

    Subject-specific/ Format-specific databases

    If users have specific database to search or preference, the list of database(s) searchable through this link and for open access database