Below are search features and instructions for retrieving results in FirstSearch.
 
Plurals, Truncation, Wildcards:
Plurals: + Retrieves simple plurals of a word diseas+ disease or diseases
Truncation: * Retrieves term and its variations diseas* disease, diseases, diseased
Wildcards: # Retrieves a single character wom#n woman and women
Wildcards: ? Retrieves zero to any number of additional characters colo?r color, colour, colonizer, colorimeter
 
 
Boolean Operators (Query or Set Operators): all queries are processed left-to-right, unless overridden by parenthesis.
AND All search terms must occur to be retrieved Clinton AND Gore Both Clinton and Gore
OR Any one of the search terms must occur to be retrieved bioethics OR ethics Bioethics or ethics
NOT Excludes records that contain a given search term Clinton NOT Gore Clinton, excluding Gore
W Type W between two words to find records containing both words, in the order typed, with no other words between them. cancer W research Cancer research, not research in cancer
W# Type W and a number (1-25) between two words to find records that contain both words, in the order typed, with no more than that number of other words between them. cancer W3 research Cancer and then research, with no more than three words between them.
N(near) Type N between two words to find records containing both words, in any order, with no other words between them. review N 1998 Records containing review or 1998, in any order, with no other words between them.
N# Type N and a number (1-25) between two words to find records containing both words, in any order, with no more than that number of other words between them. back N5 pain Records containing back and pain, in any order, with no more than 5 words between them.
 
 
Retrieving Citations:

  • Mark records to create your own record list to display, print, or email later.
  • Choose Marked Records link to display, e-mail, or print marked records.
  • E-mail records by choosing the e-mail icon. You may e-mail one record at a time, or tag selected records and e-mail those as a group.
 
Notes:

  • FirstSearch provides a 'Libraries' icon for each record (depending on the database). This allows you to find where an item is located.
  • Use the 'ILL' icon to order the item through Tisch Library's Document Delivery service. There is no charge for this service.
  • Some of the FirstSearch databases include a local 'Ownership' note. FirstSearch will list all of Massachusetts' holdings first.
 
 
 
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