Here's a summary of the search paths available in this collection. You will find links to each type of search on the search path bar.
|Search Type||Description||Offers Optional Ways to Limit Your Search (if enabled by your library)?||Displays Subject Guide Sidebar on Results page?|
|Basic Search using the Subject option||Searches for documents about a particular topic. This search is especially useful as you begin your research.||Yes||Yes|
|Basic Search using the Keyword option||Searches key fields, including titles, introductory text, authors, and subject terms. This option searches a broader range of fields than a search by Subject.||Yes||Yes|
|Basic Search using the Entire document option||Searches the complete text of all documents in the database(s) you are searching, as well as in the fields of information included in the Keyword search. This is a good search to use if you are looking for a particular line of text or an unusual phrase.||Yes||Yes|
|List of popular topics||From the Basic Search page (also known as the "home page"), click on a hyperlinked "hot topic" term (such as Bioethics or Civil rights) and the system will perform a subject search.||N/A||Yes|
|Subject Guide Search||Browses a hierarchical list of subject terms (known as the Subject Guide), allowing you to select topics, subdivisions, and related subjects.||Yes||Yes|
|Publication Search||Searches for periodical titles, showing information about each publication and allowing you to drill down to select a specific volume or issue.||Yes||No|
|Advanced Search||Allows you to build as simple or as complex a search expression as you want by selecting specific areas of the database to search, known as indexes. You can even build new searches based on previous searches.||Yes||May be displayed when searching certain indexes|
|CCL Advanced Search||Offers an alternate way to build an Advanced Search expression by selecting an index from a drop-down menu or by typing one or more index abbreviations. Logical operators may be used. You can even build new searches based on previous searches.||Yes||No|
|Advanced Search using the enter a Document Number option||Lets you enter a specific document number and display the corresponding document.||N/A||N/A|
|Curriculum Standards||Lets you review national and state curriculum standards/objectives online and launch a Subject Search based on search topics associated with specific standards||N/A||After selecting a Related Subject link|
|Critical Thinking||If your school or library has purchased the Critical Thinking add-on module that is available for Opposing Viewpoints Resource Center, you can click the Critical Thinking link on the search path bar to view the most-studied and most-talked about issues of the day, while challenging you to analyze, evaluate and reflect on these topics through questions and assessments.||N/A||Yes|
In addition you can search for dictionary definitions of words or terms using the Dictionary link from the toolbar.