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UWIlinC: Strategic Searching

UWIlinC is the e-information portal for the UWI Libraries which allows search and discovery from a single interface

Basic Searching in UWIlinC

 You can search very easily in UWIlinC.

Just type one or more words you are looking for and click the Search button. UWIlinC assumes that you are searching for all the words you type unless OR or NOT are not specified between the words and phrases.

Once you are familiar with the basic UWIlinC search, you might want to try doing more with the Search panel or use the Advanced Search option. Both of these options offer numerous features for making your searches more precise and enable you to get results that are more useful.

To search for a phrase, type quotation marks around the phrase. You can combine both words and phrases in your search

If you do not enclose the phrase with quotation marks, the system will find items that contain the individual words in the phrase, regardless of whether these words are located next to each other in the order specified.

For example, to search for global warming as one term, type the following in the search box:

Searching for any Specified Words or Phrases

You can search for items that contain at least one of the words or phrases you type in the Search box. To do so, type OR between the words or phrases

If you search for words or phrases without specifying OR or NOT, UWILinC assumes that you are searching for all the specified words or phrases. For example, to search for items with the word Irish or the word Celtic, type the following in the search box:

To use Boolean operators (AND, OR, NOT) within search phrases, you must enter them in uppercase letters. Otherwise, UWIlinC will consider them as part of the query.

Excluding Words or Phrases

You can exclude items that contain specific words or phrases. To do so, type NOT and then type the word or phrase to exclude. If you search for words or phrases without specifying OR or NOT, UWIlinC assumes that you are searching for all the specified words or phrases.

For example, to search for items with the word Celtic and exclude any of these items with the word Irish, type the following in the search box:

Searching using Wildcards

You can include the following wildcard characters in your searches:

?—enter a question mark to perform a single character wildcard search. For example, type wom?n to search for records that contain the strings woman, women, and so forth.

* —enter and asterisk to perform a multiple character wildcard search. For example, type cultur* to search for records that contain strings, such as culture, cultural, and culturally.

 

Grouping Terms within a Query

You can use parentheses to group terms within a query.

For example, to search for Shakespeare and either tragedy or sonnet, type the following in the search box: