What is FactCite?
What subject areas does FactCite cover?
Can I use FactCite for my school assignments?
Can I use images from FactCite in my report?
How do I search FactCite?
How do I use the Advanced Search features?
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How do I cite FactCite for my Work Cited or Bibliography?

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What is FactCite?

FactCite is a comprehensive online database with thousands of searchable full-text articles and printable illustrations. FactCite incorporates powerful Thunderstone search technology.

What subject areas does FactCite cover?

Currently FactCite contains The Lincoln Library’s catalog of extensive historical, biographic, and reference material. FactCite is divided into five subject areas:

  • American History
  • Biographies
  • Sports
  • Greek and Roman Mythology
  • The Lincoln Library of Essential Information (Coming soon)

Can I use FactCite for my school assignments?

Absolutely! You can count on FactCite's content to be accurate. Just remember to properly cite your sources.

Can I use images from FactCite in my report?

Yes! Our researchers chose the illustrations with homework assignments in mind. You can use FactCite's images to illustrate your report, but you may not use them for other purposes.

How do I search for something on FactCite?

There are several ways to use FactCite's search capabilities.
Whenever you are on FactCite you will see the search bar at the top of the page. It looks like this:

To search for a specific subject, type it into the "Fact Search!" box above the green bar: 

Then just move your mouse over to the "GO" button on the right side of the screen and click on it.

Searching a subject this way will search all of FactCite’s categories. You can also search in just one of the five FactCite categories.

Click on the box with the word "All" in it to the left of the "GO" button. A list of categories will drop down. Select one of the categories and then click on the "GO" button:

How do I use FactCite's Advanced Search features?

FactCite uses powerful Thunderstone search technology to search FactCite's extensive database. Thunderstone comes equipped with Advanced Search features. To access the Advanced Search features click on the "Advanced Search" section of the green bar at the top of your page:

This will take you to the Advanced Search page:

#1 "Search for this": 
Type what you want to search for in this box.

#1 "Without this":
Type words in this box that you do not want included in your search.

#2 "PROXIMITY": 
These settings determine how close the words you will search for have to be in order to generate a result.

  • Line: FactCite will look for the words together in the same line.
  • Sentence: FactCite will look for the words in the same sentence.
  • Paragraph: FactCite will look for the words in the same paragraph.
  • Page: FactCite will look for the words in the same page.

#3 "Search Help": 
These are links to specific, advanced Thunderstone search tools.

#4 "sort by date": 
Checking this box will sort your search results by date.

#5 "WORD FORMS": 
These settings determine which forms of your search words will be included in your results.

  • Exact match: FactCite will look for the words exactly as you typed them.
  • Plural & possessives: FactCite will look for the words in both their plural and possessive forms.
  • Any: FactCite will look for the words in any of their forms.

#6 "RANKING FACTORS": 
These settings determine how your search results will be organized:

  • Word ordering: The importance of the order of the words you typed in the search bar. If set to "High" then the results with your words together in the order you typed them will appear first.
  • Word proximity: The importance of the proximity of the words you searched. If set to "High" then the results with your searched words in the specified proximity will appear first.
  • Database Frequency: The importance of how often your search words appear in a database. If set to "High" then the results for the highest frequency database will be displayed first.
  • Document Frequency: The importance of how often your search terms appear in the same page. If set to "High" then the pages with the most instances of your search terms will appear first.
  • Position in text: The importance of where in the text your search terms are found.

My search returned no results, what is wrong?

Make sure you type in your search words with the correct spelling. FactCite does not recognize misspelled words like other search programs.

How do I cite FactCite for my Works Cited or Bibliography?

Here is an example for how to cite an online encyclopedia according to MLA format and an example of how this FactCite article on Heracles should be cited.

Here is the same example, but now the different parts of the citation have been highlighted.

Remember it is important to have the indent after the first line of the citation and to make sure there are periods in all the correct places.

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