Use the Boolean operator AND combine search terms so that each search result contains all of the terms.
Use OR to find any of the terms.
Use NOT to exclude terms so that each search result does not contain any of the terms that follow it.
For more controlled searching, use parentheses to override the default operator precedence (AND, OR, NOT).
To search for an exact phrase, use quotation marks around your search term: "firm performance".
Truncation & wildcard symbols
The truncation character is the asterisk (*), used to replace one or more characters. The truncation character can be used at the end, or in the middle of a word.
For example, searching for econom* will find economy, economics, economical, etc..
The wildcard is represented by a ? or a pound sign #.
To use the ? wildcard, enter your search terms and replace each unknown character with a ? EconLit finds all citations of that word with the ? replaced by a letter. For example, type ne?t to find all documents containing neat, nest or next. Note that EconLit does not find net because the wildcard replaces a single character.
To use the # wildcard, enter your search terms, adding the # in places where an alternate spelling may contain an extra character. EconLit finds all documents in which the word appears with or without the extra character. For example, type colo#r to find all citations containing color or colour.
When running a search, the search default is set to 'Select a Field (optional)' which searches the full record (all indexed fields) including the full text. Other search fields can chosen from the pull-down menu such as AU - Author, AB - Abstract, SU - Subject, and SO - Source (journal title).
❷ Published Date
The Published Date limit defaults to search all dates.
❸ Other limits: Publication Type, Geographic Region
Limiting your search by marking any of the limits will only run your search to include those limits you selected.
The Publication Type limit includes Book, Book Review, Collective Volume Article (e.g. book chapter), Dissertation, Journal Article, and Working Paper.
The Geographic Region limit is used to restrict your search to documents that discuss specific regions such as Asia, Northern America, and Europe.