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It offers Keyword, Author, Title and Journal search.

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Keyword Search


Type a term or phrase to conduct your search, consecutive words are treated as a phrase. You can use the symbols or operators below to conduct a complex search:

* [asterisk] OR $ [dollar sign] find all possible variants child$
retrieve records containing child, children, childhood, etc.
? [question mark] use inside or at the end of a word to replace zero or one character flavo?r
retrieve records containing flavour, flavor
(...) [brackets] specify the order of search terms, terms within brackets will be searched first (water and pollution) NOT air
retrieve records containing water and pollution, but excludes records containing the word air
AND find records including both terms blood pressure AND stroke
retrieve records containing both terms blood pressure and stroke
OR find records with either or both search terms pregnancy OR birth
retrieve results containing pregnancy, birth or both terms
NOT find records with the first of two search terms, but not the second education NOT patient education
retrieve records containing only the term education and not the term patient education


Author Search

Enter author's last name followed by first name to search. You can use '$' to truncate the names.


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