Frequently Asked Questions
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p> Only some of my search results show up at first.
How do I get to the next page of results?

The heading at the top of the results for each database will indicate how many results were found and how many are displayed. If all results are not displayed (e.g., if the heading says something like "Results 1 to 20 of 54") you will see a "Next Set" button at the bottom of the list of results for that database. Click it to see the next batch of results.

Please note: To get to the next page or pages of results, the drop-down menu for "Results display mode" must have "grouped" (the default) selected.

How can I tell what databases are included if I click on a
subject like 'History' or 'Science'?

The databases included in a search are listed at the bottom of the search page, which lists both the subject categories and all the individual databases. When you check (or uncheck) a subject on this page, you will see the corresponding databases checked (or unchecked) in the list below.

How do I search a specific database?
The bottom section of the search page lists all the individual databases available for searching. Click on the "Clear" button to clear the form, including any databases already checked. Then check the box next to the databases you want to search, enter your search term(s), and click on "Search."

How do I search for articles in a specific magazine?
Use the "Find a magazine or newspaper by title" search box, (readily available on the home page).

Can I do searches with truncation or wild cards?
The search engine works with the native search interface for each database it searches, so the answer depends on the database(s) searched. If a database's search engine does not allow truncation, or stemming, then the federated search will not allow it, either. To maximize results, it might be best to use Advanced Search and enter both -- or all -- forms of your keyword (e.g., singular and plural) as search options.

Wildcard searches do not seem to work with any databases, perhaps because even the databases that do allow wildcards can use different symbols as a wildcard.