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Advanced Search Techniques Field Searching

Learn about advanced search strategies for databases and search engines.

About Field Searching

In databases, the information (e.g., the title, the author's name, the publication date, the subject headings) are put into fields. When searching, you can limit your search to specific fields.

Field Searching Example

In the example, the search is for an article on UX published by the Harvard Business Review. In the drop-down next to the search field with the publication name, the publication field has been selected. Had this field not been selected, the results would have included articles and other sources from other publications as well.

Field searching in the business source premier database for the following: in the field for publication name searching for harvard business review and in a separate box connected by the AND boolean operator UX.