Search Help for TruSearch

Phrase Searching

To look for phrases in TruSearch put quotes around the words in the phrase.  For example, the query "teacher education" will find results with that phrase.

Combining Keywords

You can combine keywords in TruSearch by using the Boolean operators: OR, NOT and AND.  The operators must be written in ALL CAPS.

By default, all terms in a search are combined with the AND operator. 
To expand the results set, use the OR operator "microcircuits or nanocircuits" will return items that contain either term.
To exclude items in TruSearch, use the NOT operator or the minus sign  - before a term. When used in the following query "animal NOT dog" the result will not include the term "dog".

Wildcard Use in TruSearch

Searches in TruSearch can be performed using the wildcards "?" and "*". The question mark (?) will match any one character and can be used to find "Olsen" or "Olson" by searching for "Ols?n".

The asterisk (*) will match zero or more characters within a word or at the end of a word.  A search for "Ch*ter would match "Charter", "Character" and "Chapter".  When used at the end of a word, such as "Temp*", it will match all suffixes "Temptation", "Temple" and Temporary". 

Wildcards cannot be used as the first character of a search.

Searching Specific Fields

The single search box in TruSearch  (basic search box or keyword search box in advanced search) will search across many fields automatically. 

For example, entering an ISBN, ISSN, or Call Number will bring back associated records. 

You can explicitly search a field using the syntax: "field:(query)." For example, the search ISSN:(1234-5678) finds records that contain that value in the ISSN field.

Searchable fields include:

Subject Terms
Publication Title

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