Search Strategy Help
- PowerSearch allows for phrase searching with the use of quotation marks “ ”. The query “music therapy” will find results with that phrase.
- Searches within PowerSearch can be performed using the wildcards “?” and “*”.
- The question mark (?) will match any one character. For example, wom?n will retrieve woman or women.
- The asterisk (*) will match zero or more characters at the end of a word. For example, politic* will retrieve politic, politics, political, politician, etc.
- Wildcards cannot be used as the first character of a search.
- PowerSearch supports the use of the following Boolean operations: OR, NOT.
- By default, all terms in a search are combined with the AND operator.
- The operators must be entered in ALL CAPS to be recognized as Boolean operators rather than search terms.
- The OR operator can be used to expand the results set. For example, survey OR questionnaire, will return items that contain either term.
- Use quotation marks to specifically search for phrases such as “middle ages”.
- To exclude items in PowerSearch, use the NOT operator before a term. For example: engines NOT combustion. The results will not include the term “combustion”.
Searching Specific Fields
- The single search box in PowerSearch will search across many fields automatically. Or you can search a particular field by using the syntax: “field:(query).” For example, a search for subjectterms:(mainstreaming in education), finds records that contain that particular subject heading.
- PowerSearch supports the following browsers and phones:
- Internet Explorer 6.0+
- Firefox 3.6.0+
- Safari 4.0+
- Chrome (stable version)
- iPhone 2.0+
- BlackBerry 8500+
- Android 1.0+