UCSF Library Global Search Tutorial
Quotation marks around "interprofessional education" will find results with that exact phrase.
Boolean logic: Global search understands AND, OR and NOT, write these in ALL CAPS. Group words combined with OR within parentheses ( ). Example: (warts OR verruca) AND “duct tape”
- AND finds items with all terms in the search. ibuprofen AND acetaminophen return items that contain both terms.
- OR finds items with any of the words. For example, ibuprofen OR acetaminophen will return items that contain either term.
- NOT excludes a term. When used in the query human NOT animal, the results will not include the term animal. Use this sparingly.
Wildcards such as ? and * take the place of letter(s)
- Find Olsen or Olson by searching for Ols?n. ? takes the place of a single letter
- Orthop*dics will find orthopedics or its British equivalent orthopaedics. The asterisk (*) will match zero or more characters within a word or at the end of a word. Wildcards cannot be used as the first character of a search.
Searching Specific Fields
You can specify which field to search by using the format: field:(query).
For example, Publication Title:(Academic Medicine) finds articles from the journal Academic Medicine.
Commonly searched fields:
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