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What is in ArticlesPlus? ArticlesPlus connects to a large number of journals, library catalog holdings, and books, all of which can be searched simultaneously.

ArticlesPlus supports numerous search strategies for more advanced searching:

Keyword Search
Narrow results by adding additional keywords to your search, using the filters/facets, and/or the Advanced Search

ArticlesPlus search screen

Phrase Searching

  • Use quotation marks to search for an exact phrase.
  • For example, the query “higher education” will find results with that phrase

Boolean Operators

  • ArticlesPlus supports Boolean operations OR, NOT, and AND.  The operators must be written in ALL CAPS.
  • By default, all terms in a keyword search are combined with the AND operator.


  • ArticlesPlus supports the wildcards “?” and “*”.
  • The question mark (?) will match any one character and can be used to find “Olsen” or “Olson” by searching for “Ols?n”.
  • The asterisk (*) will match zero or more characters within a word or at the end of a word.  A search for “Cha*ter” would match “Charter”, “Character”, and “Chapter”.

Searching Specific Fields

  • You can explicitly search a field using the syntax: “field:(query)”
  • For example, the search ISSN:(1234-5678) will find records that contain that value in the ISSN field.

         Searchable fields include:

  • Title
  • SubjectTerms
  • Author
  • Publisher
  • PublicationTitle
  • Volume
  • Issue
  • Language
  • Notes
  • ISBN
  • ISSN
  • DOI

Please Give Us Feedback!: We encourage you to tell us what you think by submitting feedback on this help page or within ArticlesPlus. 

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