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SearchWiSE User's Guide: General Search Tips

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SearchWiSE covers all subject areas and includes a vast amount of resources in many formats. Library resources may also be found by searching these links: 


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Or search in the Catalog, Subject Databases or e-Journal list. 

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General Search Tips

Be specific for best results, e.g. photography during the civil war, not just civil war. 

Refining your search

After entering a search, use the facets on the left to narrow the results

  • target only peer-reviewed articles 
  • show only items with Full Text available online 
  • include newspaper articles, books, journal articles, and more
  • limit your results by content type, discipline, date, subject terms, language, or library location.

Expanding your search

Mark the checkbox above the results box labeled "Add results beyond your library's collection" to search more places and include items not found in FAU Libraries.  For items not available in the FAU Libraries collections, click on the title and scroll down to "Request document through ILLiad" to place an interlibrary loan request for the item (Pre-registration required to use this service).  

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