You can use a proximity search to search for two or more words that occur within a specified number of words (or fewer) of each other in the databases. Proximity searching is used with a Keyword or Boolean search.
The proximity operators are composed of a letter (N or W) and a number (to specify the number of words). The proximity operator is placed between the words that are to be searched, as follows:
Near Operator (N) – N5 finds the words if they are within five words of one another regardless of the order in which they appear.
For example, type tax N5 reform to find results that would match tax reform as well as reform of income tax.
Within Operator (W) – In the following example, W8 finds the words if they are within eight words of one another and in the order in which you entered them.
For example, type tax W8 reform to find results that would match tax reform but would not match reform of income tax.
In addition, multiple terms can be used on either side of the operator. See the following examples:
(baseball or football or basketball) N5 (teams or players)
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What if there are two are more common or related words and you want to include both of them in your search? You’ll use parentheses – it works like an algebraic equation.
You enter your search into the database like so:
Example (blue or harvest) moon. You’ll get results that include blue and moon and harvest and moon.
(Soviet or Russia) “Cold War”
You’ll get results that include Soviet and “Cold War” AND Russia and “Cold War.”
If you have been doing searches like blue or harvest moon, you’ll get results back that feature only the word blue together with results that mix harvest and moon. No blue moon exactly, just blue….skies, bells, tooth, etc…
The parentheses make sure (those words go together.)
Many people read investment reports before investing in a stock or mutual fund.
We have two of the best in Valueline and Standard and Poor’s. They cover stocks and mutual funds as well as other investments. If you are using Standard and Poor’s to search for stocks, enter the stock and then choose stock reports on the left side of the screen. An investment report should appear!
Lynda.com (link here) is a favorite with our patrons. Very advanced walkthrough video tutorials for various computer programs. Description below:
Online tutorials for popular software tools and the latest technology for beginner to advanced skill levels. Beyond Microsoft Office and business tools for both MAC and PC, Lynda.com provides instruction on software for 3D Animation, Audio/Music/Video, AutoCAD, Design, Development and Programming, Photography, Presentation tools, IT, Marketing tools, and web design.
We’re excited to present the February issue of Library eNews, featuring services and resources to serve our Texas State community. This issue introduces our new 3D printing service, provides tips on career exploration and honing research skills, showcases our University Archivist and a poem written for Alkek’s “Tell Us Your Story” competition–and much more!