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Search Tips

How to Conduct a Search

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Basic and Advanced Search

  1. This is the Search Bar. Enter terms here.  More information can be found in Conducting a Basic Search.
  2. Use this drop-down box to switch from ALL to ANY as needed. More information on the Advanced Search page.
  3. Click the down arrow to open/close the Advanced Search.
  4. These filters allow you to search selected fields only, instead of all six of the fields searched by default.  Definitions about each field can be found on the Advanced Search page.
  5. These filters allow you to restrict searches to articles that are peer-reviewed, research that includes or was conducted in (or about) Minnesota, and/or research funded at least partly by the Clean Water Fund. These filters can be used individually or cumulatively. Definitions about each can be found here.
  6. Use these filters to search for articles on selected water research topics. Every article in the Library is assigned to one or more of the 16 Main Topics. These are general cross-cutting water research categories that help describe articles. Definitions about each topic can be found here.
  7. Click the “Search” button or press enter to perform a search.

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Results Table

  1. Use these arrows to move between pages of results.
  2. Adjust the number of results per page in this drop-down box to 10, 20, 50 or 100.
  3. Sort by year or title using these arrows.

For more information about the basic Results Table, see Navigating the Search Results.

  1. Click the Summary link to see all of the data we have about an article. Every article in the Library has a Summary. See Understanding Record Summaries to learn more.
  2. Click the PDF link, if available, to see the full text of the article in the form of a PDF file. The link leads to a page where you download the PDF (at no charge). See PDF Download Page for more information.
  3. Click the Offsite URL link, if available, to go to an external website that provides additional information not found in the summary or PDF.

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