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SuperSearch: Advanced Search

Advanced Search

SuperSearch Advanced Search interface annotated

1. Choose your search scope.

Everything - All linked electronic items and all physical materials from both Drake libraries

In the Library - Books and other physical materials in both Drake libraries.

Law Library Only - Physical materials in the Law Library.

Course Reserves - Physical materials placed on Reserve at the library by your professors. (For electronic reserves, your professors use their course management system, mostly TWEN.)

2. Build your search query. Advanced Search allows you to join individual queries using AND, OR, and NOT operators. You can choose to search for your terms in any field, or limit the search to one or more of these fields: Title, Author/creator, Subject, Local note, ISBN, ISSN. In addition, you can specify where in the field to look for your terms:

Contains - Your terms can appear anywhere in the specified field, in any order.

Has phrase - Your terms can appear anywhere in the specified field, but must appear exactly as you've typed them.

Starts with - Your terms must appear at the start of the title. (Only works with the Title field.) 

3. By default, Advanced Search offers two search lines. Click "Add a New Line" to create a more detailed search query.

4. Additional filters - Pre-filter results by Material Type (Books, Articles, Dissertations, etc.), Language, and Publication Date

5. Query preview - This area displays a preview of your search. You can make changes in the search form or in the preview itself. 

6. Search - Click here to run the search or press enter.

7. Results - Your results will appear below, with the total number found listed at the top.

Form compressed? If you can't see the complete form for the search, click on the dropdown arrow next to "Search Criteria" to open the form.  

Opening Search Criteria Menu in SuperSearch

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