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Tips for Using Library Search

Tips for Using Library Search
Provides some tips and strategies for effectively using the University of Michigan Library search engine.
Getting Started
Library Catalog Searching
Viewing & Refining Search Results
Emailing/Copying Citations
Information about Library Favorites
Using the Get This Service
Your Account
Catalog Search Features for Mirlyn Classic Users
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Basic Keyword Searching
Type the word(s) or phrases in the search box. You can use quotation marks to note phrases, and you can use AND and OR (in all-caps) to ensure that both terms must be in the results, or that one or the other term may be in the results.
Keyword searching
immigrationWill search for items with the word immigration.
political scienceWill search for items with both the words political and science, in any order.
"climate change"Will search for items with the exact phrase climate change.
AND or OR searching
cardiac OR heartWill search for items with the words cardiac or heart.
mughal AND paintingWill search for items with both words, mughal and painting, in any order.
("hip hop" OR rap) AND "critical pedagogy" Will search for items with one or both of the words hip hop or rap, and the phrase critical pedagogy.
(polymers AND biodegradable)
NOT medical
Will display items that have the words polymers and biodegradable, and must not have the word medical.

Pro Tip: Put an asterisk in the search box to retrieve all items. You can then filter results with other parameters (e.g. format, location, language, etc.)
Advanced Searching
Most catalog and article databases have "advanced" searching features that allow you to create complex searches by combining elements, fields, or concepts. Library Search also provides an advanced search mode, the search fields of which vary depending upon which information category you select. You might decide to use the advanced search when you absolutely know certain elements, such as author name, precise article title, ISBN or ISSN, publisher name, etc., and you want to combine those certain elements at one time.
DOI or PMID Searching
While there is no field in the Advanced Search form of the Library Articles Search for DOI (digital object identifier) or for PMID (PubMed identifier), you can search for these unique article identifiers in the Basic Search. In the search box, type the prefix doi: or pmid: and then the string of numbers or letters. For example:
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