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Additional Help

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: 



SearchWise Owl

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

Click on the icon for search help and information about this search engine.


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).  

More Search Tips


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Example of Search: Careers

To include or exclude concepts, ideas and topics in your search, use the operators AND, OR and NOT:

  • career development planning
  • career planning
  • careers
  • education
  • employment
  • higher education
  • job hunting
  • salary
  • training
  • wages

Using two or more of these concepts, ideas and topics with AND will yield more specific results:

  • careers AND employment
  • careers AND salaries OR wages
  • higher education AND salary
  • training AND development
  • wages AND education

Of course, you can always add standard limiters such as:

  • "United States"
  • internship

Remember to use "quotation marks" around phrases for more specific results.

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