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HIST 445: War & Peace in the Balkans -- Professor Babovic: Effective Searching

Truncation (The Asterisk)

An Asterisk (*) at the end of a term will allow you to search for different forms of a word with what you enter as a base.  For example:


Shows the word Educat* in a search box

will return Education, Educator, Educators, Educate, Educated

whereas Education

Shows the word Education in a search box

will return just Education exactly as you type it in.


This is a very simple and effective way of broadening the number of results you get.

Phrase Searching (Quotation Marks)

Quotations marks (" ") will group words as a phrase, ensuring they appear next to each other in the record. For example:

"Great Depression"

Shows the phrase "Great Depression" in a search box with quotation marks around the phrase

will return only articles that use those terms right next to each other.

whereas Great Depression

Shows the phrase Great Depression in a search box

will return articles that may mention Great in one part of the record and Depression in another part of the record. 

Using IDS (Interlibrary Loan)

If you find an article in one of the library databases that doesn't have a PDF icon, click on the Purple Button with the words "Get It" button to access the full text. One of two things will happen: 1) either we have access to the full text from one our databases and the article will open in a new window, or 2) a window will open with a link to request the item through Information Delivery Services (IDS)

Click on this link, then use your Geneseo username and password to log into IDS.  (If you haven't set up your account, you will have to fill out a brief form to do so.  You will only have to fill this out once).

Once in the database, fill in as many boxes as possible (it should autofill most of the form for you) and then select "Submit Request".
Picture of an IDS form with all of the boxes filled in with information and the instruction to click on "Submit Request" once that is complete.