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Help using SEARCH: Basic Search

Brief guide for users of SEARCH (EDS)

What is SEARCH?

SEARCH is our primary search engine for discovering and accessing online and offline resources.

Login with your UOW username and password to access full-text articles and more.

What's not discoverable in SEARCH?

SEARCH is great for finding information but it doesn't it doesn't access all of our online resources.

This is a list of content not currently discoverable in SEARCH:

Find tutorials on using SEARCH

Frequently asked questions

I don't have a UOW login, can i still use SEARCH?

Alumni and guests can still use SEARCH to discover library resources via the Alumni & guest access link.

Why do I get a security warning when I use SEARCH?

If you are using Firefox, you may receive this security warning when using SEARCH:

“The information you have entered on this page will be sent over an insecure connection and could be read by a third party. Are you sure you want to send this information?”

You can safely click Continue, as it's simply a warning of http content in ah https website.

How can I search for an exact phrase only?

Enclose your phrase in double quotation marks. For example, type "economic development"

What is the truncation symbol in SEARCH?

Truncation is represented by an asterisk (*).  For example, type comput* to find the words computer or computing.

How do I find Academic or Peer Reviewed journals?

On the search results screen select Peer Reviewed and/or Academic Journals from the Refine Results list on the left hand side of your screen

How do I cite a book or journal article I find in SEARCH?

Click on the title in the results list.  Click on the Cite tool on the right hand side of your screen.  Select the relevant citation style from the list.

How can I search for a title?

Select Advanced Search and enter the title in the search box.  Select Title from the Select a Field drop down menu.

Why is my search not retrieving any results?

If you are searching for a specific resource check that you have entered the title correctly

Your search may be too complex - simplify your search by entering 2 or 3 important keywords in the search box

Check that limiters from previous searches have been cleared

Try removing any punctuation and/or symbols from the search

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