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How to Use the Library Search Tool

Wildcards or Truncation

Add an asterisk < * > to the end of a work for multiple character wildcard search. For example:

cultur* searches for records that contain strings, such as culture, cultural, and culturally.

Add a question mark < ? > for a single character wildcard search. For example:

wom?n searches for records that contain the strings woman, women, and so forth.

Grouping Terms

Use parentheses ( ) to group terms to clarify the order of multiple operators specified in a query.

The following searches for records that contain Shakespeare and either tragedy or sonnet.

Search phrases OR


The following searches for records that contain either Irish or Celtic and do not contain Gaelic:

Search phrase not

Add Persistent Facets

To retain your filters for subsequent searches within a session hover the cursor over the facet in the Active filters section and then click the facet's padlock Search Padlock

Persistent Filter

Advanced Search

Use Advanced Search to limit your search terms to specific fields, like title or author, and to narrow your search from the start by material type, language, and publication years. (See "Performing Advanced Searches" for more details.)
 

Search refine facets

Phrase Searching

To search for an exact phrase, type quotation marks " " around your words. 

For example, to search for global warming as one term, type "global warming".

Search using quotation marks

*Note: Without quotation marks, Search finds items that contain your individual words, regardless of whether these words are located next to each other in the order specified. 

Browse

Use  Browse at the top of your screen to look through ordered lists of Subjects, Author/creators, Titles, or call numbers.

Search with Browse

Find Books by Title

In Advanced Search

search book title

1. Under Any field select Title to search only in the title of items.

2. Select the search matching from the second menu:

contains - Searches your words in the search box anywhere in the title of an item.

title • contains • “climate” finds the title "Cities and Climate Change" because “climate” is in the title.

exact phrase - Searches your phrase in titles as though it had quotations around it.

title • is (exact) • “cities and climate change” finds the title "Cities and Climate Change" as well as “World Cities and Climate Change“.

starts with - Not currently recommended for title searching

3. Under Materials Type on the right select Books from the pull down menu.

4. Search results can be refined using search facets to the right of the results list.

Find Books by Author

In Advanced Search

search for book by author

1. Under Any field select Author/Creator to search only in the title of items.

2. Select contains from the second menu:

contains - Searches your words in the search box anywhere in the title of an item.

3. Under Materials Type on the right select Books from the pull down menu.

4. Search results can be refined using search facets to the right of the results list.