Search failures can result from over-specifying the search. A simple keyword search may return more items than you expect, but the best matches will be in the first page or two.
Use the limits in the left sidebar to:
Once you select a limit, it remains in effect until you remove it: that is, any new search terms you enter in the search box also be limited by the selected values.
Results are ranked by their relevance to your search terms, based on:
Articles and preposition are included in the search, so that SearchWorks can:
(See Stopwords in SearchWorks for more details.)
Your search automatically includes plural and singular forms, as well as common suffix and tense variations of your search terms.
Stemming applies within phrase searches as well as keyword searches.
Use an asterisk to truncate terms that aren't handled by stemming, such as non-English variations:
You can truncate from the beginning as well:
Use a question mark ? to find varations of a single letter in a word