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Search Tips

Phrase searching is one of the most powerful ways to search.  

Use quotes to enclose key phrases.  This will search for the words in the exact order that they appear.  


"femme fatale" 

"french revolution"

"north by northwest"

"kurt vonnegut"


Refine, Sort & Save

Refine your search

Use the controls on the left side of the page to refine and filter the search results by:

  • content type
  • subject terms
  • publication date
  • location

At the top left of the page, there are additional helpful options to narrow your results:

“Peer-Review” is helpful when you want only scholarly materials.


At the top of the results, there is a drop down menu with sorting options. You can sort by relevance or date. By default, search results are sorted by relevance.

Save resources from your search

You can save books, articles, media items, etc. from your search results to the temporary folder in SingleSearch. Items can be saved from multiple searches - the folder keeps your list until you close SingleSearch.  You can also export your list items to Zotero, an open-source citation management software.  See the Zotero guide here:

Add an item to the folder: click the folder/plus sign icon at the right-hand side of the item’s title.

View items in the temporary folder: select the “Saved Items” link on the menu bar at the top right side of the page.

From the list of saved items, you can:

Format the list in a specific citation style (APA, MLA, etc.), export the list to Zotero, print the list, or email the list to yourself. Be sure to check the citation help guide for additional help formatting your works cited page.

NOTE: Items you put into this folder will not be saved after you end your SingleSearch session. You must email, export, or print your saved items for later use.

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