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ENG350: 19th Century Women Writers, 2015: Search Skills - Refresher

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Searching Tips

Remember to always search:

(Britain OR England)


Useful terms:

  • Author's names: Jane Austen, Mary Shelley, etc
  • Wom?n
  • Marriage
  • Children
  • Single wom?n
  • dating
  • 18th century
  • 19th century
  • Georgian
  • Victorian
  • literature

Boolean Operators

Boolean operators help you when searching.  The most popular operators are: AND, OR, NOT - THEY MUST BE TYPED IN CAPITAL LETTERS.

AND narrows your search, OR expands your search, NOT limits your search


Use the asterisk * to truncate a word and search for all forms.

Ex. Invent* will give you: Invent, Invents, Inventor, Invention


Use the question mark ? as a wildcard symbol.

Ex. Wom?n will search: woman & women


Use quotes to search for a specific phrase rather than just keywords

Ex. "Frog King" will search for the phrase rather than pulling every result that has "frog" and "king" somewhere in the record.

Subject Guide

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Rebecca Seipp
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MSIS, Information Science
The University of Texas at Austin
BA, History
Southwestern University