Science Library Cheat Sheet

UO Science Library Database Searcher's Cheat Sheet

Science Library Home
 

 

UO Library
Catalog

FirstSearch

(ArticleFirst, GeoBase, Medline, WorldCat)

Math SciNet

Web of Science

(Science Citation Index, Inspec)

EBSCO Host 

(Academic Search Premier, GeoRef)

Ovid

(BIOSIS, PSYCInfo, Sport Discus)

CSA

(ASFA,  Ocean Abs, Zool. Record)

Lexis-
Nexis

(Academic, Congress, Statistical)

Truncation

(end of word; unlimited # of characters, unless noted)

* (0-5 characters) ** (unlimited)

*

+
(plurals, -s,
-es, only)

*

*

*

$

*

!

Wildcard (internal and left truncation)

? (single character)

 

* (0-unlimited)

? (single character)

* (0-unlimited)

? (single character)

# (single character)

? (one or no characters)

* (unlimited)

? (single character)

* (single character)

phrase

[default]

w

[default]

[default]

[default]

[default]

[default]

[default]

and

and

and

and

and

and

and

and

and

or

or

or

or

or

or

or

or

or

not

not

not

not

not

not

not

not

and not

nesting

yes

yes

yes

yes

yes

yes

yes

Yes

proximity

near within 10 words

wn

in order

adjn

same within same sentence

wn

in order

adjn

within n

W/n (any order)

Pre/n

proximity

within n

nn

in any order

   

nn in any order

   

w/s (same sentence)

Print records?

yes

yes

yes

yes

yes

yes

yes

yes

e-mail records?

yes

yes

no

yes

yes

yes

yes

yes

Download records?

yes

no

yes

yes

yes

yes

yes

no

 

UO Library

Catalog

 

FirstSearch

(ArticleFirst, GeoBase, Medline, WorldCat)

 

Math SciNet

Web of Science

(Science Citation Index)

EBSCO Host 

(Academic Search Premier, GeoRef, Inspec)

Ovid

(BIOSIS, PSYCInfo, Sport Discus)

CSA

(ASFA, ESPM, Ocean Abs, Zool. Record)

Lexis- Nexis

(Academic, Congress, Statistical)

Export records?

EndNote

ProCite

EndNote

BibTex

EndNote

EndNote

ProCite

Ref. Manager

no

no

no

no

Links to full text?

some

some

some

some

some

few

some

NA

Link to UO Catalog?

--

yes

no

yes

yes

yes

yes

no

Order full text?

no

no

yes

no

no

no

no

no

Interlibrary Loan?

no

yes

no

no

no

no

yes

no

Limit to full text?

no

yes

no

no

yes

no

no

NA

Limit to peer- reviewed?

no

no

no

no

yes

no

no

no

Note: [default] means the software will assume (by default) you mean to search for a phrase when you string words together.

Note: n means "substitute any number\". Some systems may have an upper limit such as 10 or 25. In most cases, when you're searching for keywords in proximity to each other, you'll be using a small number. E.g., when you want to search either "water pollution\" or "pollution of the water\", you may search some form of "water within 3 words of pollution\".

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