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Search Tips

Search Tips:

Phrase Searching: use quotation marks to find an exact phrase e.g. "life cycle assessment" 

Boolean Connectors (OR, NOT): By default, all terms in a search are combined with the AND connector

  •  Using OR between similar terms will expand your search results, i.e: try "life cycle assessment” OR "life cycle analysis" OR LCA instead of just "life cycle assessment"
  •  To eliminate items from your search try using the NOT connector before a term 

Wildcards: ?” and “*” can be useful.

  • A question mark ? matches one character: wom?n will find either woman or women 
  • An asterisk * will match zero or more characters within a word or at the end of a word: a search for Ch*ter would find Charter, Character, and Chapter. When used at the end of a word, such as Temp* it would find Temptation, Temple and Temporary.
  • Wildcards cannot be used as the first character of a search. 

Date Range Search: Add  { } characters with years to indicate a range:  {2009 TO 2011}


What are "peer reviewed" or "refereed" journals?

A peer reviewed journal is a special type of publication. Before articles are published within these types of journals, they are sent by the editors of the journal to other scholars in the field ("peers"), often anonymously, to get feedback on the quality of the scholarship, review research methods, as well as relevance or importance to the field. The article may be accepted, often with revisions suggested, or rejected for publication.  

Considered the most respected, researchers wish to have their works published in them. Many often have low acceptance rates. 


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