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Library Search User Guide: Advanced Search

Learn how to get the most out of the library's search feature

Advanced Search

The Library Search also allows for advanced searches.


An advanced search uses specified parameters to narrow the query, allowing you to search more effectively and efficiently. Just like with basic search, you can execute the search via the or the enter button.


Excluding Search Results

Excluding specific search results can be beneficial in certain cases. To do so, simply click the red button to the right side of the filters to exclude that type of result. For example, if you wanted to exclude Open Access materials, simply click the as seen below.

Subject-Specific Search

For subject-specific searches, use these same techniques on our subject-specific databases and other resources, which you can find on our subject-specific research guides, listed below.

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