Build Better Searches in Global Search

The global search tool lets you use one search box to search most of the library’s databases simultaneously. You are searching dozens of resources including PubMed, Web of Science, CINAHL, and Embase databases, as well as the library catalog.

Global search results tools

  1. Narrow your search results by Content Type, Publication Date, Subject Terms, and more
  2. Generate a citation in your preferred format (e.g., APA, AMA, etc.)
  3. Email a record
  4. Save item to a folder
  5. Export a citation to your chosen reference management tool
  6. Use Advanced search to build a more complex search

Run a quick search with your own keywords

  • Use OR to connect similar concepts
  • Use AND to connect different concepts
  • Use quotation marks to look for an exact phrase
  • Use * to find possible endings to a word (i.e., discover* finds discovery, discoveries, etc.)


effect* AND (conflict management OR "conflict resolution") AND (simulat* OR "role play")

Note: When building a search with AND and OR, put parentheses around groups of similar concepts joined by OR.

When to use the global search?

Use the global search when you're getting started on a topic and are unsure which database to use or want to see a wide variety of resources.

Global search results will include:

  • Journal articles
  • Ebooks
  • Books
  • Conference proceedings
  • Reports
  • Dissertations

This is not a comprehensive search tool. When your topic is very specific you may also need to use a specialized database on that subject, (see Which Database Should I Use To Start My Search?). To make the most of the global search, use the Advanced search features or talk to a librarian.

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