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Gale PowerSearch: Keyword Searching

By default you'll go into Gale Powersearch's keyword search. If you're overwhelmed by results, consider using the Advanced Search.

Screenshot of PowerSearch's homepage reiterating Advanced Search option

Note: When searching on multiple keywords, use the word and between keywords so that they do not have to be searched side-by-side, unless you want them side-by-side.

Example 1: Without and

Notice results without and: 70 Magazines, 421 Academic Journals, 30 Books and 774 News

Screenshot of keyword search when not using word and between keywords

Example 2: With and

Notice results with and: 4927 Magazines, 13,709 Academic Journals, 1174 Books, 67,501 News, 3 Images, 5 Videos, and 2 Audio

Screenshot of keyword search when using word and between keywords

Gale PowerSearch Results

After you've run a search, be sure to notice your Content Types.  Content Types tend to include Magazines (default), Academic Journals, Books, News, Images, and Videos. Often you're after Academic Journal articles!

Screenshot of results list reiterating to notice content types

Note: Gale PowerSearch has many full text results.  By default the Full Text Documents box is checked. You may uncheck this box and then use the Ferris FullText link if a result is not full text within Gale PowerSearch.

Screenshot of full text check box reiterating you can uncheck.

Example of result with Ferris FullText link after the Full Text Documents box is unchecked

Screenshot of result with Ferris FullText link

Gale PowerSearch: Subject Guide Search

Scroll toward the very bottom of Gale PowerSearch's homepage to see the Subject Guide Search option. You can also find the Subject Guide Search if you click into the Advanced Search. The Subject Guide search allows you to search on individual topics, and then you can break down your topic by Subdivision. It's super handy!

Screenshot showing Subject Guide Search toward very bottom of database's homepage

Not all subjects will be found, but sometimes you'll be referred to the correct topic. The screenshot below demonstrates searching on nosocomial infections and the database indicating See Cross Infection. Cross infection had 45,912 results at the time of this search.

Screenshot of Subject Guide search on Nosocomial Infections as explained above

When you do get into a topic, be sure to click on the arrow next to Subdivisions to get a topic breakdown. The number of results for each Subdivision displays in the Subdivisions list.

Screenshot showing Subdivisions results list and reiterating step above

Gale PowerSearch Advanced Search

The Advanced Search has multiple rows of search boxes. When using the Advanced Search, keep in mind:

  • In the Advanced Search each row is for a different concept
  • Use the word or between keywords to tell the database to pick up this or this word - any will work
  • Quote marks indicate the words must be picked up exactly as shown between the quotes
  • You can use the pull-down menu for each row to change where the words are found. Document Title will help limit your results and will make results more likely to be on-topic since your keywords are found in the title.

See the worksheet below for assistance with creating an Advanced Search that works:

Example Advanced Search:

Screenshot of Gale PowerSearch's Advanced Search reiterating points above

Gale PowerSearch Tools

If you click onto a result's title to go into the full record, you'll see the Tools on the top right-hand side of the screen. One option is Cite that can assist you with creating a properly formatted citation; however, the citations in this database are usually incorrect and require modifications.  Please check the citation against an APA style guide, such as the APA Guide linked below.

Screenshot of Gale PowerSearch's Tools