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Using the Search Box

Here are some tips on how to use the search box more effectively as you begin your research.  For more help during Library hours contact the Service Desk at 617-879-2222 or use our instant messaging service.  You can email the Reference department at reference@wheelock.edu, or make an appointment to work with a librarian at any time.

Books & More

Use the Books & More tab to find print, electronic, visual, and audio materials on your topic. The holdings of not only the Wheelock Library and Earl Center will be searched but also the holdings of the other FLO libraries. If you locate a book which is at another library, you can either go to that library to get it or request it through ILL.

Search tips:

  • Use only 1 or 2 words or very short phrases for searching all fields (long strings that are effective in Google are not effective here.)
  • Put phrases or titles in quotation marks (e.g. "play therapy" or "Cat in the Hat")
  • On the results screen, select "Wheelock" from the right sidebar to identify only materials at Wheelock

To use the Books & More tab to find Course Reserves.

  • Leave the search box blank and click Search
  • When you reach the FLO catalog use the Course Reserves tab
  • Scroll down to find your Wheelock instructor or course

The Books & More tab is also used to find all other materials

  • in the Library collections - such as videos and DVDs, tests and assessments, CDs, K-8 textbooks, and children's magazines
  • and at the Earl Center - such as kits, games, and manipulatives
Databases A-Z

Select the Databases A-Z tab to choose a specific database to search for information about your topic. Consult the Research Guides to help decide which database to choose, or use Article Multi-search to search several databases at once.

Search tips:

  • Use only 1 or 2 words or very short phrases (long strings that are effective in Google are not effective here.)
  • Put phrases in quotation marks (e.g. "play therapy")
  • See the A-Z list for descriptions of the databases
Article Multi-search

On the Article Multi-search tab, enter your topic word(s) in the search box to search for articles and more in several journal, reference, and e-book databases at once.

Search tips:

  • Use only 1 or 2 words or very short phrases (long strings that are effective in Google are not effective here.)
  • Put phrases in quotation marks (e.g. "play therapy")
  • On the results screen use the limiters in the sidebars to refine your search
  • Limit to an individual database if one appears to have the most relevant results (see the right sidebar of your results screen) or search again in that database alone from the Databases A-Z tab.
eJournal Finder

Select the eJournal Finder tab if you want to identify whether the Library has access to a specific journal in electronic full-text format. You can search by the entire journal title or by word(s) within the title.

Search tips:

  • Be sure to search journal titles (not article titles or topics)
  • On the results page be careful to note the dates available for access under each source
  • If your title has an ampersand (&) in it, trying replacing it with the word, and.
  • Avoid abbreviations of titles if the abbreviations only consist of two letters. 
  • Use Books & More, Databases A-Z, or Article Multi-search to search by topic
Research Guides

Select the Research Guides tab to find guides with recommended databases, websites, and other resources.  You can choose either a subject area guide or one with resources specific to selected courses.

Site Search

Use the Site Search tab to find what you are looking for on the Library and Earl Center websites.