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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?

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!

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

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.

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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