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Scholar Universe Search Tips

The basic Scholar Universe search considers publications (titles and abstracts), current research interests, scholar names, or affiliation names to present relevant faculty members matching your search. In addition, your searches can be tailored using the following options:

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Boolean Searching

Scholar Universe supports Boolean searching for focused query construction. Boolean searching within Scholar Universe works as follows:

  • AND - Shows results in which all search terms or phrases occur within the same Scholar Profile. Example: Entering 'rat AND brainstem' into the search field returns results with both the term 'rat' and the term 'brainstem'. NOTE: Queries with multiple terms assume the presence of an AND operator between terms. For example, the search phrase 'crop insurance' is submitted as 'crop AND insurance' and 'stem cell research' is submitted as 'stem AND cell AND research' and only profiles containing all three terms will be returned.
  • OR - Shows results in which at least one of the search terms entered occurs within the same Scholar Profile. Example: Entering 'rat OR mouse' into the search field returns results with either the term 'rat' or the term 'mouse'.
  • NOT - Excludes results containing a specific keyword or phrase. Example: Entering 'rat NOT brainstem' in the search field returns results containing the term 'rat' but that do not contain the word 'brainstem'.
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Searching for Phrases

A phrase is a group of two or more terms that you'd like to keep together and in sequence during your search. Scholar Universe supports the use of quotation marks to ensure that only results with the exact form of a phrase are returned. For example entering "stem cells" into the Keyword field will return only those Scholar Profiles with the keyword 'stem' immediately preceding the term 'cells'.
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Grouping Search Terms

Grouping search terms with parentheses can be used to refine multi-term searches. Example: speech AND (voice OR treatment) will return people with a match to either 'speech AND voice' or 'speech AND treatment'.
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Wildcard Searching

Wildcard Searching within Scholar Universe provides the broadest result set for certain types of keywords with variable endings. The Scholar Universe wildcard is the asterisk symbol - * - and you can append it to the end of any term to return results containing that word root. Example: Entering 'creativ*' into the search field will return Scholar Profiles containing the terms 'creative', 'creativity', 'creativeness', and 'creatively'. NOTE: While wildcards are an effective means of expanding your results set to include various forms of a term, careful attention must be paid to irrelevant terms that could be introduced based on a wildcard term root. Example: Searching on 'ped*' for expertise in 'pediatrics' would also return results for 'pedals' or 'pedantic'. More relevant would be to use 'pediatr*' to also view results with 'pediatrician' or 'pediatrics'.
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Search by Community Using the Scholar Universe Community Tree

Use the Community Tree located at left of the search results to view matching Scholars within a single or multiple communities. To view results within a single Community, either click on the linked community name or click in the check box preceding a community name and rerun your search. To select more than one community, click the check boxes beside selected community names. For example, in the image below, the Education community has been selected. Running a search would show the 16 results found within Education.

The Community Tree can be expanded whenever you see a    before the community name. This will allow you to view all the communities that are organized hierarchically within the Tree and select those of interest.
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Advanced Search

The Advanced search page allows you to limit your search to specific fields such as title (of a publication), expertise, abstract, scholar name, or affiliation.

You can also search for Scholars using their complete email address if known.

In addition, the Advanced search page provides search filters, enabling you to limit your search based on: degree, role, or country (and state or province as applicable). For each of these filters, you are presented with a drop-down menu from which you can choose one or more search constraints.

You can also limit by affiliation using the Advanced search page, which requires a text entry. Example: keyword 'immigration' limited by the affiliation 'stanford' will show scholars who are relevant to the keyword 'immigration' and affiliated with organizations with the phrase 'stanford' in their affiliation names.
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Sample Searches

AlzheimersHuman CloningTinnitusGlobal WarmingAutismIdentity TheftTerrorismHIV in AfricaGenetically Modified OganismsTsunamiElectromyographyReal Estate BubbleEmbryonic Stem CellsOnline AdvertisingRacial ProfilingMusic Downloading  Religious FundamentalismIllegal Immigration

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