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Last Updated: Oct 15, 2014 URL: Print Guide RSS Updates

About Search@UW Print Page

How to use Search@UW

What am I searching with Search@UW?

  • A vast collection of materials from UWRF and all of the UW Libraries – millions of books, e-books, videos, sound recordings, manuscripts, and more 

  • Full-text articles from thousands of scholarly journals, magazines, and newspapers

  • A growing collection of digital materials from MINDS@UW, the UW System’s institutional repository, and the University of Wisconsin Digital Collections.  

What if I am looking for something more specific?

  • To search a more specialized database, see UWRF’s complete Databases A-Z list.

  • Journals A-Z  will give you a list of UWRF electronic journals.

How do I search?
It is very simple to do a search.  All you have to do is enter the keywords for your topic in the search box.  After you have entered a search, you will quickly see a list of results that matches your keywords.  You can then use the facets on the left side to focus or narrow your search. 

What is a facet?
A facet is a category that focuses or narrows your search results to something more specific.  Facets are found on the left hand side of the screen after you do a search.  For example, there are facets for limiting to peer reviewed (scholarly) articles or full-text articles.  There are additional facets for resource type (article, book, etc.), specific author or creator, topics, creation dates, languges, and so much more.

Can I truncate searches in Search@UW?
Yes.  Use * for a wildcard search. For example, entering glaci* as a search term will search for glacial, glaciation, glacialist, etc.

Can I search for a phrase in Search@UW? 
Yes.  Use quotation marks around phrases to search.  For example, a search for “Emerging avian disease” will search in Search@UW as a whole phrase and not the individual words. 


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