Environmental Studies: Search Tips and Findit@MU Help

INES Research Guide

Find It @ MU Help

Here's a short video showing how Find it @ MU works. (About 4 minutes long.)

Two common ways to find out if the Libraries have access to the articles you need:

1) You are searching in an article database, but it doesn't have the full-text:  

Click on  Findit@MU button in the article citation. Another window / tab opens with two possible options:

  • Links indicating Find it @MU may have located one or more sources for full text of the article. Click on the links and follow the trail to the article. 
  • Links to search MARQCAT by the journal title or its ISSN number. The journal may be available in print or electronically through a source not searchable by Find it @MU.

2) You already have a specific citation and aren't currently searching in a database:

  • Search for the journal title in MARQCAT, the library catalog;
  • Do not search the title or author of the article, MARQCAT doesn't contain article level information.

The MARQCAT record will indicate what years we have in print and/or online, providing call number locations for the print and links to the e-journal.  Once at the e-journal, navigate to the volume, issue and page that you need.


Didn't find the article/journal using Find it @MU or MARQCAT?  Request the article through Interlibrary Loan (ILL) by clicking on the link at the bottom of the Find it @MU window or tab.  Learn more about ILL here.

Ever wonder why the full-text isn't there?  Watch this short video about the Business of Information.

Search Tips

Try these to get more specific or broader results

Wild Card

•  Use a * to include forms or variants of words in your search
•  Example: type test* to search for test, testing, tests

Phrase Search

•  By inserting quotes around an exact phrase, you will search only the words you type in, in that exact order with no words in between term.
•  Example: "consumer product chemistry"

Boolean Operators

•  Using AND, OR, NOT can broaden or narrow a search depending on your inquiry. "AND" will give you results that contain both words. "OR" will give results about either word and "NOT" will not search the term preceding.
•  Example: Summer AND Flower, Summer OR Flower, Summer NOT flower

Adding a ~

•  Adding a tilde (~) to your search term will return related terms.
•  Example: ~nutrition will search also nutrition, food and health

Adding a -

•  Adding a negative (-) to your search term will take away that term in your search.
•  Example: Pets -cats will not find web sites that focus upon cats as pets.