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General guide for Philosophy at Wichita State University

Advanced Search Techniques

Advanced Search Techniques

This tutorial will show you how to both expand and refine search results using advanced techniques.  The strategies discussed in this tutorial can be applied to any database or search engine.  Click on the image to begin the tutorial.  

first screen of tutorial Advanced Search Techniques


Tools to help you think of related keywords

thesaurus is a great place to look for synonyms and related words!

A graphical dictionary and thesaurus in one! "Enter words into the search box to look them up or double-click a node to expand the tree. Click and drag the background to pan around and use the mouse wheel to zoom. Hover over nodes to see the definition and click and drag individual nodes to move them around to help clarify connections."

Graph Words: Online Thesaurus
A tool similar to Visuwords above.


WSU Libraries' search discovery tool - SmartSearch - is a good place to begin your search for the breadth and depth of resources available to your inquiry or topic - use the "advanced search" option and the search refining filters to focus your search:

Can't Find the Full Text of an Article?


Log in with your myWSU ID and password to request a copy of an article or book. Articles are emailed to you and requets can usually be filled within a couple of days. Books take 3-5 days on average and are sent to Ablah Library for you to pick up. It's free!

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