There are several ways to find a book in the library. Searches default to a Title search. Other options are found in the dropdown menu that says Title on the Search the Catalog page.
- KEYWORD -searches for your term or terms in the title, author, subject, and notes fields. The library catalog automatically inserts AND between your terms, for ex. California painting
- TITLE - select this option if you know the title (Default)
- AUTHOR - use this option when looking for books by a particular author. Remember: last name first, for ex. Miller, Stanley.
- SUBJECT - use this option when searching for items on a particular topic. Remember: broad term first, for ex. United States--history
- HINTS - when searching Capitalization - Enter a search in either upper or lower case. Punctuation - Apostrophes are ignored, such as O'dell and Odell. All other punctuation marks are treated like space. USA, U.S.A., are treated alike. AND & -- Get the same results. Truncation - Always right truncation.
Keywords search these fields:
- Subject headings
- Content notes - which includes titles of short stories, songs, and other useful information.
- When searching a title, the word "and" is the same as "&".
- Capitalization does not matter.
- Punctuation is ignored, i.e. U.S.A. is treated the same as USA.
- When searching for an author, use last name, then first name.
- AND is automatically added between all words, just like searching the internet.
- Example: hotels Chicago. This searches every occurrence of both words.
- To search a phrase, add quotation marks.
- Phrase search "United States Supreme Count"
- This will omit specific words and can be very helpful.
- Example: mouse and not computer will return the animal, not a computer "mouse"
- This specifies multiple words in any field.
- Example: clothing or apparel will return either term.
- Note: this search is helpful when you are not certain which term is used.
- Words may be right-hand truncated using an asterisk.
- Use a single asterisk * to truncate from 1 to 5 characters.
- Use a double asterisk ** for open ended truncation.
- Example: environment* would return environment as well as environmental.
- You may also use a question mark ('?') to replace a single character anywhere within a word, such as wom?n.
- Use within # to specify the # of words that you want to separate the search terms.
- Example: America within 3 economy would return records that had the word "America" listed within 3 words of "economy"
- Use near to specify words close to each other in any order. Note, that this is the same as within 10.
- Example: California near art* will return records that have California listed near art or artists.
- The Advanced Search page is actually quite simple and allows you to enter multiple search terms in the boxes.
- This is helpful when you want to link terms together.
- Note the pull down menu on the right - you can choose AND, AND NOT, OR, NEAR.
- It is especially helpful when searching for specific languages or material types.
Finding Media in the Classic Catalog
- Click on the Advanced Keyword Search link under More Searches pull-down menu.
- Type in your search terms and scroll down.
- Note that you can link phrases together using quotes, ex: "Italian cooking".
- From the Material Type drop-down menu, click on the down arrow and select the desired format.
- Click on the submit button.
- Example: to find Harry Potter DVDs, type in Harry Potter in the search box and under material type, choose DVD. This will return all of the Harry Potter DVDs.