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Discovery Catalog User's Guide: Advanced Search

The advanced search features in WMS Discovery allow you to perform more specific searches. The advanced search box allows you to search by a variety of fields to focus your searching. It also allows you to limit search results by format, date, or library. Lastly it allows you narrow your search by specific database subject sets. Not all of the library's databases are directly searchable through WMS in this way. You can see what databases belong to a subject set by clicking on the arrow next the each subject.

The advanced searches allow you to choose to search for terms in specific categories. For example, in the image below, I've chosen to search for my terms as keywords, connected by the operator AND, so that my results contain at least one of the terms somewhere. I could have chosen to search within Title or, if I knew the ISBN number, I could have done a known-item search using the ISBN number. 

 Below the advanced search boxes where you will enter your search terms, you will see Search Tools. These are filters that will help you narrow your search results before you search. In this image, I have chosen to narrow my search results by peer-reviewed articles that were written in English between 2017 and 2019. It automatically filters to search through Libraries Worldwide, which is important if you are looking for downloadable articles. But if you are looking for print only material, you can choose to filter by Fairleigh Dickinson University Libraries, or a particular library. 

 Not all of the library's databases are directly searchable through WMS in this way. You can see what databases belong to a subject set by clicking on the arrow next the each subject. The default is to search all of WorldCat, but you can choose to search within a specific database or set of databases.