Q. How does the ALICE Catalog’s advanced keyword search work?
The Advanced Keyword search menu in the ALICE catalog offers many options to modify a search. Below are the most common ways you can use advanced search techniques to narrow your search results.
|Find records that contain all of your search terms. Unless you specify otherwise (see options below), ALICE will attempt to find all the words in your search.||China trade|
|Use “or” to find either word.||hurricanes or typhoons|
|Phrase Searching||Use quotation marks to search multiple words as a phrase. This will usually find fewer records than the same words without the quotation marks.||“stock market”|
|Exclude a Word
|Use “and not” to exclude words. Use this carefully because you might miss material of interest to you.||ecotourism and not Africa|
|Truncation (Word Roots)||Use * to truncate a word.||Greek myth* would find Greek myth, Greek myths, Greek mythology, etc.
digital photo* would find digital photos, digital photography, etc.
|Wildcards||Use ? for a single character.||wom?n would find woman or women
qui?ote would find quixote or quijote
|Fields||A field limit causes the system to search only the specified field for the word(s) you entered. The fields are:
|Fields may be used in combination:
Greek myth and [Publisher’s Name/Notes field] Oxford would find items on Greek myth published by Oxford University Press.