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Limit your Web search results in Google

Want to limit your Google search results to a specific domain or Website?  Type in your search term(s), then add "site:" followed by either a domain (e.g. .gov, .org, .edu) or a specific Website (e.g.

To search both the .gov and .edu domains at once, type ( OR with the parentheses e.g. ruffed grouse ( OR

Here's an example:


Limit Your Results in EBSCO

When using EBSCO databases, you'll want to limit your searches to full text and scholarly (peer-reviewed) journals.


References are your friend!

When you find a research article that has good information related to your topic, check the end of the article for the references that the author(s) used.  These can lead you to other valuable sources of information, and make your research a lot easier!


Electronic Journal Finder

Use the Electronic Journal Finder, located on the Find Articles page, to help you find out if a particular magazine or journal is available in a library database.  For example, if you type in Journal of Wildlife Management, you'll find out that it's available through OhioLINK (in the EJC).

Check the Electronic Journal Finder when you find articles on the Internet that require a subscription (and $$).  Some of those articles are available for free through OhioLINK!


Search strategies

Use Boolean search commands to enhance your search:

  • AND: combine terms with AND to narrow your search.  Combining terms with "AND" will produce fewer results, but will be more focused.
  • OR: combine terms with OR to expand your search.  Works best with synonyms (dog OR canine, cat OR feline, etc.) but can be used to combine any two or more keywords.
  • NOT (AND NOT):  Use NOT/AND NOT to exclude terms from your search.  Many search engines recognize the dash/minus (-) as NOT.

Other techniques:

  • Put quotes around your search to find keywords/phrases in the exact order in which they are entered (e.g. "techniques for deer management")
  • Use an asterisk to indicate truncation.  This allows you to find various forms of a root word. For example, hunt* would find hunts, hunted, hunting, etc.


What if an article isn't full text in a database or the Internet?

If you find information about an article, but can't find its text online, give the information about the article (author, title of article, title of publication, volume, issue, page numbers, year) to Jeff (or send it via e-mail).  We can usually get a photocopy from another library. 

Please allow up to 7 days for this service, though items usually arrive more quickly.


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