Contemporary Women's Issues Search interface combines the flexibility of Boolean search operators with the convenience of automatic stemming. CWI's search interface offers the ability to apply complex search logic to a query. 

Keywords & Word Phrases
Words in Title
Book Author
Article Author
Date
Subject Area
Geo Region
Source
Article Type
Publication Type
Using Multi-Select
Boolean Operators
AND
OR
NOT
Parentheses


Proximity Operators
Near
Operator Precedence
Stopwords

Subject Thesaurus


Keywords & Word Phrases         back to top
Enter words and word phrases in the Full text  field.  Words entered into the Full text  field will search the full text, title, enhanced title and select descriptor fields.  For Example: entering the phrase eating disorders in the Full text  field will retrieve articles that include this term.

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To enter multiple words and/or phrases connect them with Boolean Operators (AND, OR, NOT).


Words in  Title         back to top
To search the Search Title & Enhanced Title, click the radio button next to Search Title & Enhanced Title.  This search functions similarly to the Full text field but restricts the search to only the words that appear in the original title or the enhanced title of each article.  Searching for Article Author or Book Author works in the same manner.

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Book Author or Article Author         back to top
To search by either Book Author or Aricle Author, click the appropriate radio button and type the author's name it the Full Text box.  Author name may be entered in a variety of ways:
--Last Name First Name
--Last Name
--First Name
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Date           back to top
The Contemporary Women's Issues search interface allows you to limit the extent of your search by Date Range. By default, no date range filtering is applied. You may optionally set the earliest and/or latest publication date for articles to be returned by entering a date in the from and/or to text boxes.

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Subject Area        back to top
Contemporary Women's Issues provides over 150 different Subject Areas to chose from.   All articles in the CWI database are indexed by Subject Area.  This Subject Area thesaurus has been developed to accurately categorize the subject areas and concepts represented in the database. As new sources and subject areas are added to the database, this thesaurus will expand.  You may select multiple subject area terms by pressing the Ctrl key and clicking simultaneously on each term you would like to include in your search.

For example: You are looking for information on Affirmative action or African American women- insert the subject terms Affirmative action and African American.  Leaving the radio button on "Or" will result in a broader search, using "And" will narrow the search.

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Geo Region        back to top
Use Geo Regions to restrict a search to the country or region of interest.    Click on the pop-up box and select the appropriate country or region.

Country vs. Region
Select a country when you want information about a specific country.  Select a region to search all countries within a region.

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Article Type        back to top
All articles in the CWI database are indexed by the Article Type. Searching by Article Type allows searchers to limit the type of articles they would like to retrieve.  For example, this can be helpful when searching for a profile of a person or for an editorial opinion.

To limit your search to one of the article types, simply select it in the "Type of Article" list box. If you want to search across all article types, select "Any article type" which is the default.

Available Article Types

Book Reviews
Because Book Reviews may "clutter" a search, the option to exclude book reviews has been provided.  To exclude this Article Type, mark the "Exclude Book Reviews" checkbox.


Publication Type        back to top
All articles in the CWI database are indexed by the Publication Type. Limiting by Publication Type allows searchers to find articles in a particular type of publication.    This can be useful, for example, when searching for fact sheets, since this sort of publication type uniquely includes only facts.

To limit your search to one of the publication types, simply select it in the "Publication Type" list box. If you want to search across all article types, select "Any publication type" which is the default.

Available Publication Types


Source List        back to top
All articles in the CWI database are cross referenced by source. To limit your search to a specific periodical source or report, simply click on "find source" and check off the sources you wish to search.. To search on these sources, click the "add selected sources" button at the top or bottom of the screen.  You may further narrow this list by clicking on the sources carried over to the "From a specific source" box at the bottom of the search screen.  To choose one source, highlight the source by clicking.  To choose all sources, click on the first source, then go to the bottom of the list and simultaneously press the shift key and click on the last source in the list. You may select multiple subject area terms by pressing the Ctrl key and clicking simultaneously on each source you would like to include in your search.  If you want to search across all journals, use the "Any Source"   default. 

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Search by Report Title        back to top
In order to retrieve a full report, please follow the instructions above, choosing the report name from the displayed list.  All reports with more than one section are listed in the source list.


Using Multi-Select Text-Boxes           back to top
The controlled vocabulary indexes  Subject Area and Geo Region are available through Multi-Select text-boxes. The text-boxes allow you to select one or more entries in the box at the same time. Please note that the method for doing the selection in the list is dependent upon the computer you are using to access the database.

For example:  when using a PC usually holding down the Ctrl or Shift keys on your keyboard while clicking in the text-box with your mouse allows multiple selections.   When using an Apple computer, usually holding the Apple key while clicking your mouse allows multiple selections.

Next to the Multi-Select boxes are radio buttons allowing you to choose And or Or. This allows you to specify how the multi-selected terms are related to one another in a document. If you choose And, each matching document must contain all of the selected terms. If you choose Or, each matching document must contain at least 1 of the selected terms.

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