5 Tips for better searching on ScienceDirect

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Here are our top tips for a better search query on ScienceDirect:

  • Search terms are not case-sensitive. Using all lowercase, all uppercase or a mix of capital and lowercase letters will not affect your query.
  • Entering a singular noun will also search for plural noun forms and possessives.
    For example: 

    • Method also finds methods and method’s
    • Criterion also finds criteria
  • Entering search terms using either US or UK spellings will automatically search for both spelling variations.
    For example:

    • Behavior also finds behaviour
  • Multiple words set off by spaces will search for documents or images that include both words.
  • You can use either quotation marks or curly brackets to search for a word or phrase, but the results will differ in these ways:
    • Searches in quotation marks, such as “colour code,” will be fuzzy searches. Our search engine will search for singular and plural nouns, as well as US and UK spellings, and will allow wildcards and ignore symbols and punctuation.
    • Searches in curly brackets, such as {colour code}, will be exact searches. Our search engine will look only for that exact phrase, including symbols and punctuation.ScienceDirect available at the UConn Library

Open Access eBooks on JSTOR

JSTOR announces a new program to make Open Access monographs available on the JSTOR platform.

An initial set of titles is available from four outstanding publishers: University of California Press, University of Michigan Press, UCL Press, and Cornell University Press. Several hundred more Open Access titles to be added over the next year. Please see below for a title list and links to the ebooks. The titles are also cross-searchable with other content on JSTOR.org.

Initial set of 63 titles

National Hispanic Heritage Month iCONN Resources

iCONN’s datebase vendors (EBSCO, ProQuest, U.S. Hispanic Newstand) have graciously agreed to furnish free access for a limited time to some of their licensed resources revelant to National Hispanic Heritage Month. The resources are on an iCONN web page that you can access from this link

The National Hispanic Heritage Month web page will be up for your use from today, September 15, through October 15, 2013. We hope you will find the resources useful.

iConn.org is a service of the Connecticut State Library and your local library.

ArtStor: Black History Month 2013

Jacob Lawrence | The Migration of the Negro, panel no. 3 | 1940 – 1941 |Image and original data provided by The Museum of Modern Art.

ARTstor celebrates Black History month by focusing on some of the excellent resources in the Digital Library that document the lives and achievements of African Americans. More
UConn Database: Artstor

New Interface for Oxford Reference Online

Database: Oxford Reference Online: http://rdl.lib.uconn.edu/databases/1150;go

100 language and subject dictionaries and reference works.  Subjects include:  biology; classics; computing; dance; earth sciences; economics; mythology; history; law; literature; medicine; opera; performing arts; politics; science, theater; and more.

Oxford Reference Online Interface

Oxford Reference Online

Note: for the time being, you will need to select “Provided by the Lbrarycheck box, after selecting a subject area (i.e History) to see only materials that the library owns as oppose to content the library does not have access too.

New Search Interface for Proquests and CSA databases

ProQuest’s new search interface will replace the existing interface soon for all ProQuest and CSA databases the UConn Libraries currently license. All of these will be searchable through ProQuest’s new Basic or Advanced interfaces. (Both links will search all 26 databases we license simultaneously; click Change in the upper left corner to search an individual database by itself. Research Database Locator entries for these databases will continue to point to the specific resources.)


Have you tried UConn Worldcat yet?

It’s the closest thing we have to Google….for more information click.

UConn WorldCat  is available directly from the Libraries’ Home Page.  Use the  single search window to find  books, articles, DVDs, and more from UConn and libraries worldwide!  For items that are not in Stamford, there is a link to request through Interlibrary Loan.  To learn more, please stop by the library or contact us.

Library Website Problem Today ~3/3/09

The Library website is not loading right now. You’ll notice that when loading the website in your browser, you can see a “waiting for alert.uconn.edu” message in the browser status bar.

We’ve notified UITS and multiple departments on campus are having the same problem. There is no resolution time yet for this issue.

We apologize for the inconvienence.

Renewing Items Online from Homer

How to Renew Items Online for patrons with a NetID.

  • From the UConn Libraries Home Page http://www.lib.uconn.edu
  • Click on HOMER-Library Catalog.
  • Click on Renew books/View account.
  • From the NetID/Single-Sign-On page, click on the blue box.
  • Enter your NetID and Password.
  • Click on Login.
  • Under the Renew? column, click on the boxes of the titles you wish to renew.
  • At bottom of Items Checked Out window, click on the RENEW ITEMS box.

The NEW DUE DATE will appear in the right column of the page under RENEWAL STATUS.


New Interfaces Changes for 2 databases

Project MUSE and Ebschohost 2.0 launch new web interfaces; enhanced features aid discovery and navigation! Check out the new features and tools for effective research.


Project MUSE

highlights of new features include the ability to email a link, find more articles from the same author(s), and share the article via popular social bookmarking services.



Academic Seardch Premier

See the marketing website to view the new EBSCOhost 2.0 features