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RCAH 111-005: Writing Transcultural Contexts: SearchPlus

Find Books, Articles, and More

SearchPlus is the Libraries’ answer to Google Scholar! It’s designed to be a single entry point to nearly all Library resources, so that you can simultaneously search for books, magazine/newspaper/journal articles, dissertations, videos, etc., retrieve a multidisciplinary set of results, and then filter by date, language, subject, content type, etc. to get a manageable number of references. It is a great starting point for most topics, particularly for undergraduates; upper-level students needing to conduct a thorough search of the literature of their field—so as not to overlook important journals and key authors—will want to also search one or more subject-specific databases.

You can access SearchPlus from the Libraries’ Homepage—since it’s the default search, simply type in your search terms and click the Search button. You can do phrase searching with quotation marks and use Boolean operators, but you need to capitalize them. If you just type in a string of words, SearchPlus will automatically “AND” them together. For more complicated search strings, use the Advanced search mode which will provide multiple boxes and limiting options.

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