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Information Resources in Physics: Search Tips

Lists major resources for physics research.

Search Tips

Try these strategies to refine and enhance your search results…

More or Less Specific Queries

  • Use a specific phrase.

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  • Use a less specific phrase. Sometimes, expanding your query will bring in more of what you’re looking for.

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  • Use quotation marks. If you want to search for a specific phrase or name, put it “in quotes.”

Include or Exclude Terms

  • Use (+) to make sure a specific term is in the results of your search.

“Ben Franklin” + printing

  • Use (–) to exclude a certain term.

“Ben Franklin” – electricity

  • Use both (+) and (-) to further refine.

“Ben Franklin” + printing – electricity

Try a Subject Search

Try a “Subject” search to find all resources about a particular subject.

Combine Terms

  • Use parentheses and brackets around your search terms to combine them.

[ “cats” AND (black AND fat NOT grumpy) ]

Boolean Searching

  • Use the capitalized words AND, OR, and NOT to refine your search.

E.g., AND, NOT

Truncation Searching

  • Use (*) at the end of a phrase to bring in all possible endings for that phrase.

E.g., Smit* will return results for Smith and Smithson.