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InfoTrac Search Techniques

The InfoTrac database indexes over 960 scholarly and general-interest publications, plus The New York Times newspaper.

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Subject Guide vs. Key Word Searching

Use the Subject Guide to research broad topics or corporate, personal or geographic names. A list of all headings containing the word(s) entered and all subdivisions and related terms for these headings will be displayed.

Use the Key Word search option to search for names of authors, products, book titles, films, etc. or for topics combining two or more concepts.

NOTE: If a Subject Guide search is unsuccessful, the system automatically conducts a Key Word search.

Useful Search Functions

The lower left corner of the screen displays additional search options.

DISPLAY lets you switch between a brief display of the citation and a full-record display containing more complete information such as an abstract, subject terms, or other descriptors.

NARROW lets you add terms to your original search query, narrowing your focus. Use the narrow function when your initial search results in too many citations.

EXPLORE lets you investigate the subject terms associated with individual citations. Use explore when your original search retrieves only a small number of citations.

Searching with PowerTrac

Powertrac provides additional search capabilities by restricting a search to specific fields such as journal name, author, or date.

Example:jn Fortune and da 1993 and r1

Boolean Operators

Use AND to narrow a search or to combine two or more concepts. The search will include both terms.

Use OR to broaden a search or to search synonyms. The search will include either term.

Use NOT to exclude specific words or concepts.


Example:POLITIC* will find citations referring to "politics", "politician", "political", etc.

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