Introduction | Accessing | Searching | Search
Results | Managing
Search Results | Search
Tips | Additional Features
WilsonWeb contains many databases on a wide range of subjects that include Applied Science and Technology Full
Text, Biological & Agricultural Index Plus, Book Review Digest Plus, Book Review Digest Retrospective,
Education Index Retrospective, Essay and General Literature, General Science Full Text, Humanities & Social Sciences Retrospective, Humanities Full Text; Index to Legal Periodicals and Books, Library Literature & Information Science Full Text, Readers Guide Full Text, Readers' Guide Retrospective, Short Story Index,
and Social Sciences Full Text.
The Advanced Search screen provides a variety of text entry boxes, dropdown
boxes, and radio buttons to help construct a search for information.
one database or multiple databases to search, the screen automatically
changes to offer the most useful limiter choices for the database(s).
To construct an advanced search
- type a word, phrase, or name in one or more of the blank text entry boxes
- if you enter terms in two or more entry boxes, select the appropriate
Boolean operator to use
- you may further limit your search by selecting from the other available
optionsuse the checkboxes and pull-down arrows to make selections
- click Start to retrieve your search results
Note: If desired, multiple WilsonWeb databases can be searched
at the same time
- click on Open Database Selection Area at the top
of the screen
- use the check boxes to select the desired databases
- then click on Close Database Selection Area to minimize
Selecting multiple WilsonWeb databases reduces the number of available search
options–only search features common to all selected databases will be
Search results will vary. If you get:
- No records matched your search, then check your spelling
or the fields you searched in.
- Too many, then go back and limit your search. Sometimes a
search needs to be modified with: additional search words, searching
only a specific field, adding date limitations, or type of materials.
- Too few, then go back and expand your search. Consider synonyms
for your search words or concepts. Try to use professional language
- Irrelevant results, then try new search terms. Consider synonyms
or related concepts. Identify and search using descriptors. Try a different
The results screens displays items that most closely match your search terms.
By default, the list is sorted by relevance and provides the short form of
Search results list shows
Search results list
To view a record click on the title of the article to display the full citation
- If the Full Text icon appears to the left of the record, lick on the appropriate icon to
display the full text of the article
If the Full Text is not available, you can click on the "Library Owns?" icon to conduct a search to see if the library owns the journal.
Record in full display mode
Managing Search Results
Databases typically allow you to manage your search results by utilizing the option below:
- printing your search results list and/or specific records
- saving your search results list and/or specific recordssome
databases may allow you to save your file for export into commercial bibliographic
citation manager software, such as EndNote or ProCite
Not all search management features are available in all databases.
The “mark” feature allows you to select records from within your
search results. By marking items, you can save, print or email multiple records
at one time.
To mark a record
- in the Search Results list, click in the check
box–left of a title
- in an Article Display, click in the check box–top
Selecting records to view
To view your list of marked records
- click the Get Marked link
Get marked records
You may then email, print or save the items you have selected. Full-text will
be available in html or pdf format.
To print an article in html format
- click the Print tab
- under "Fields to Include" select the HTML option, make sure "Include HTML Full Text"
- click Print
- click OK or Print when the Print dialog box appears
- click on Back to Results to return to results list
To print an article in PDF format
- select the "PDF icon"
- click the Print icon within the Adobe Reader screen
- click OK or Print when the Print dialog
- close the PDF window
Article in PDF format.
To email records
- click the Email tab
- enter an email addressto enter multiple addresses, separate them
with a semi-colon
- enter a subject line for the email
- select the relevant options for Records, Fields, Format,
- click Email
- click on Back to Results to return to results list
To save records
- click the Save tab
- select the relevant options for Records, Fields, Format, etc.
- click Save
- A file of the chosen format will be sent to your browser. Depending on
the chosen format and your browser settings, your browser will either display
the file or ask you whether you want to 'Open' the file or 'Save' it. Choose
Save if given the option and then choose a name and location
for the file on your disk. Otherwise, click on the File menu in
your browser menu, then click on Save
As, choose a name and location
for the file, and close the window.
- click Back to Results
Use advanced search features to modify a search to obtain more successful search
results. You can combine advanced search features to modify and improve your
search. Advanced search features often include:
- document and/or publication type and
- Boolean operators
To limit a search to specific years
- go to the Limit Dates To section
- click on a radial buttonto search Any Year
- select Within last 12 months or
- select From a specific year to another year ( like 1995-1998 )
Limiting by date
To specify a document type
- click on the "Document Type" from the drop-down arrow
- select All (all document types) or choose from the list
Limiting by document type
Wilson Web searches may be limited to peer-reviewed (refereed) publications
- go to the Limit to: sectionbelow the entry boxes
- use the Peer reviewed check box to limit your search
Limiting to peer reviewed publications
The Boolean operators, AND, OR, and NOT can be used to modify a search.
- click on the pull-down arrow below the “FIND" icon
- select a Boolean operator to use
Use AND to narrow a search. AND looks for both terms in the
leadership and vision; mainstreaming and science
Use OR to broaden a search. OR looks for either term in the
mainstreaming or inclusion; elementary education or secondary education
Use NOT to eliminate records with a certain term.
Saturn not car; Venus not planet
The Thesaurus is a controlled vocabulary list of subjects and related
terms used to standardize the indexing in the database. You can select
and search for synonyms, related, and preferred terms.
To use the Thesaurus
- click the Thesaurus button
- select one or more databases
- enter a term or phrase
- click Start
The results screen displays your term, or a related term, in a hierarchy. The
report includes the database(s), and how many related records are available.
To clear the terms entered