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Tips for using the Library Search interface at the University of Victoria Libraries.

Finding Books or Articles by Exact Title

To search for an exact book or article in Library Search, search with quotations around your title phrase.

Screenshot of a search results page for the search query, "the picture of dorian gray," entered in quotation marks so as to search for the exact phrase

If searching with quotations around your title phrase is not successful, try using Advanced Search with the following settings:

  • Select "Title" from the first drop-down menu
  • Choose "is (exact)" from the next drop-down menu
  • Enter your title phrase without quotations
  • Select your preferred item format

Screenshot of the advanced search interface, with the search "Title is (exact) the picture of dorian gray" entered, and 'Books' selected under Material Type

Search for a Journal or Newspaper by Title

To search for a journal or newspaper by title: 

Step 1: Select the Journal Search tool from the navigation menu just below the Library Search header.

Screenshot of the Library Search page, with the mouse cursor hovering over the 'Journal Search' option at the top of the page.

Step 2: Type in the exact journal or newspaper title and click on the search icon

Screenshot of the Journal Search interface with 'the economist' entered into the search bar

Step 3: Click on the journal or newspaper title to open the detailed record and access the resource content

Screenshot of the search results page, with 'the economist' entered as a search. The cursor hovers over the first result, the publication "Economist (London, England : 1843 : Online)"


Search Inside a Journal or Newspaper

The Search Inside feature is available for any journal and newspaper the library subscribes to in a digital format. It is found in the journal record and allows you to search by title or by keyword.  

Screenshot of the item record page for the publication, "The Economist". The annotations point us to the "Search inside" search tool.

The result of this search will appear within the Advanced Search interface, providing additional search options.

Screenshot of a search results page for a search using the keywords "Canadian exports" within the publication, "The Economist."

Comprehensive Searching

For a more comprehensive article search, examine the databases listed under your discipline's Subject Guide guide. For additional advice on which database to choose, book a consultation with a librarian.

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