How to use Search@UW
What am I searching with the new search tool?
You are searching the beta version of Search@UW, the library’s new search tool. Because we are implementing Search@UW in stages, you will find that its look and functionality will change over time.
- For now, you will be searching a vast collection of scholarly journals, magazines, newspapers, and digital materials.
By Fall 2013, you will be able to search in one place for:
- Everything from all the UW Libraries – millions of books, videos, sound recordings, manuscripts and more;
- Full-text articles from thousands of journals;
- 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 Database A-Z list or search SuperSearch by Category.
- 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.