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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

What is MavScholar?: Searching tips

Search for articles and books at the same time, across all subjects

May I use wildcards?

Absolutely! Here's what works:

Question mark (?) will match any one character

  • wom?n will find woman and women

Asterisk (*) will match zero or more characters within a word or at the end of a word

  • ch*ter will find charter, character, and chapter
  • temp* will find temptation, temple, and temporary

Use { } characters to indicate a date range

  • {2006 TO 2008} will return results containing 2006, 2007 and 2008.

What other search tips should I know?

AND
By default, all terms in MavScholar are combined with AND:
teacher education will return results that contain both terms.

Quotation Marks ("")
Put quotation marks around any words you want to search as a phrase:
"teacher education"
Experienced users recommend using quotation marks liberally!

OR
Use OR to expand your search:
"teacher education" OR "teacher training" will return results that contain either term.

<NOT
Use NOT to exclude terms:
animal NOT dog will return results that do not include the term dog.

AND, OR, and NOT must be in ALL CAPITALS in your search.

Tilde(~)
Use the tilde character to find words within a defined proximity to other words:
"yeast bread"~10 will return results where the terms are 10 words apart or less.

The tilde can also be used at the end of a word to find similar words:
lead~ will also find wead, veade and tead.

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