Quick search

Quick search is designed for quick, straightforward searches. View the Quick search video tutorial to learn how to run a Quick search.

Quick search features

View the various Quick search form features below or jump directly to Running a Quick search for specific instructions for running a Quick search.


You can select one or more databases to target your search. See Content sources introduction for details of each database. By default, one or more databases might be checked when you open the Quick search page depending upon your account.

Depending on the database(s) selected, you can limit searches by the following:

Sort by options

The Sort by feature allows you to specify how you would like your search results to be sorted.

Select the radio button for Date (Newest) or Relevance.


Stemming determines the suffixes of words and allows you to search for the term as entered, as well as the root word, and other words formed with other possible suffixes. This feature is enabled by default.

Select the check box to turn Autostemming off.

Browse indexes

Use Browse indexes to browse through alphabetically listed indexes and select authors, author affiliations, source titles, publishers, and many more. The terms you select appear in the Search in boxes of the Quick search tab.


The Browse indexes vary with the database(s) selected. When more than one database is selected, the Browse indexes that appear are those common to all your selected databases. On rare occasions, it is possible to not see any indexes due to the databases you selected. In these cases, select a different database combination in order to see the Browse index feature.

Running a Quick search

  1. Hover over Search at the top of any Engineering Village page.
  2. Scroll down and click Quick. The Quick search form opens.
  3. In the Search in: section of the Quick search page, click the drop-down arrow to select a field to use for your search term(s).
    NoteYou may want to select the database(s) that you want in your search query before selecting a field from the drop-down as the only fields that appear are those that are available in your selected databases. Refer to Content sources introduction to review descriptions of each database, and Search fields available by database for complete details of the individual search fields.
  4. Enter your search term(s) into the box at the right.
  5. By default, one row is provided in which you can enter search terms.
  6. If you added a new search field row, click the drop-down arrow at left and select an operator (AND, OR, or NOT). See Using Boolean operators for tips.
  7. To specify the field and add more search terms, repeat steps 3 and 4.
  8. If desired, repeat steps 5, 6, and 7 for additional rows of fields, operators, and terms.
  9. Click the X at the end of a row if you want to remove any of the row(s) that you added. Additionally, you may click the Reset form link to reset the search form back to the default of one row.
  10. Select one or more databases you would like to search.
  11. Select the All check box if you want to search all databases.
  12. AutoSuggest is enabled by default. If desired, you may disable AutoSuggest by clicking on the Turn Off AutoSuggest link.
  13. To limit or specify a sort order of your search results, select the appropriate tab and drop-down for your search query.
  14. Autostemming is enabled by default. If desired, you may disable the autostemming feature by clicking on the Autostemming tab, and selecting the Turn autostemming off check box.
  15. If desired, select a Browse index from the Browse indexes tab to select additional search terms.
  16. After you have completed all your selections for your search query, click the magnifying glass icon magnifying glass to run your search.

    The Loading message will display and the Results list will appear below the Quick search form.

  17. Additionally, you may save this search or create an alert from this search query.
    NoteRefer to Running an Expert search to learn about the precise search features available when running an Expert search.









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