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SHB ENG276: Resources for literary analysis and criticism: Searching

Retrieving your results

You can find a book or the full-text of an article by following these steps:


Click on the View It tab and then click on the link for the full-text article. Do not click on the “Get it” tab.  This is used to request an article through interlibrary loan.


Click on the Get It tab to see where the item is available.  If it is available at UW-Sheboygan, write down the call number and find it on the shelves.  If the book is at another campus, you will see the campus where it is located and whether it is available. The links for requesting a book are also located within the Get It tab.

Basics of searching

While Search@UW is designed to be more user-friendly than other research tools, there are a few tips to keep in mind.

  •  Browsers can make a difference.  If you are having problems, clear the broswer cache and close Search@UW.  For more information, see "How to Clear Your Browser Cache" (link below.)
  • When searching by author, simply type the name.  Example: Mark Twain.  This will retrieve information written both by and about the author Mark Twain. After you have retrieved your search results, use the Author/Creator facet to limit to materials written by the author.
  • Special symbols and/or connectors are NOT required for using Search@UW.  However, you can make your searches more efficient by using the following: 
    • An asterisk * is the wildcard symbol.  Example: geology AND glacia*
    • Using quotation marks will retrieve this exact phrase: Example:  "social media" 
    • Connectors AND, OR, NOT must be CAPITALIZED. If not, the connectors are included in the search.  Example: "initial public offering" AND facebook


Advanced Searching

If you are having trouble narrowing your results or are searching for a known item, using the Advanced search might be helpful.  You can limit your search to title, author or subject.  You can also limit by language, date and the "Basic Search" scopes (Everything, Articles, UW Colleges Books and Media, UW System Books and Media and Digital Collections.)

Advanced Searching

Did you Mean?

In some circumstances, Search@UW will include a "Did You Mean" function.  For example:

A single misspelled term may result in a "Did you mean?" prompt with a suggested term. Instead of providing the term closest to the one misspelled, the system selects the term based on how frequently it shows up in the database indexes. For example, the misspelled term "sence" may result in "Did you mean science?" rather than "Did you mean 'sense'?" because "science" appears more frequently in our database indexes.

A phrase containing a single misspelled word may or may not result in a "Did you mean?" prompt, depending on whether the phrase is stored in the index. For example, "Gon with the Wind" will invoke a "Did you mean 'Gone with the Wind'"? prompt but "Sence and Sensibility" will not.  However, removing the "and" from a phrase like "Sense and Sensibility" will trigger a "Did you mean?" response.

A phrase with more than one misspelled term will result in only a one term prompt.

"Did you mean?"only applies to an individual term among a list of terms.and returns only one suggested term for any misspelling.  It does NOT return any suggestions if 50 or more results are returned.