A Few Search Tips for Discover GALILEO

If you’ve visited GALILEO High School or GALILEO Teen recently, you’ve probably noticed the new search box. Discover GALILEO is a new way to search across the GALILEO resources. It’s a quick, easy way for students to find articles on any topic.

Here are a few search tips to share with teachers and students.

*Search for All Words*
Discover GALILEO automatically searches for all the words that a user types in the search box. For example, if a user types in dropout prevention, it looks for dropout AND prevention in the full text of the article and in the citation information.

*Quotation Marks*
Discover GALILEO looks for all words typed in the search box, but if users want them to appear together, they can use quotation marks. For example, searching for acid rain may bring back some unrelated articles, but a search for “acid rain” will provide articles more related to the topic.

Using quotation marks works well for names such as “Mary Musgrove” or “Rosa Parks.” Without the quotes, the system may find articles about other women named Mary or Rosa, but adding the quotation marks makes it more likely the article will be about the person. Just a warning, students may also need to check for different forms of a name, for example, “General Sherman,” “William Sherman,” or “William T. Sherman.”

Quotation marks also help if a user is looking for a specific article. Adding quotation marks around the title of an article makes it more likely to appear at the top of search results.

*Truncation*
Truncation characters helps students search for different word roots, spelling variations, or plural forms of words. The asterisk (*) is the truncation character for Discover GALILEO. So, if a student searches for pollut*, he or she will get articles that include pollution, pollutes, polluted, pollutants, and other forms of the word.

Please Contact Us if you have questions or comments or if you need to report problems.

Courtney McGough
GALILEO Support Services
Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia

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Posted on November 29, 2012, in GALILEO and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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