Searching Tips

Searching using Operators (Boolean, positional, and relational) allows you to focus your search by linking search terms and defining the relationship between them.

Precise Phrase Searching allows a set of terms to be marked as a single phrase by enclosing the expression in single quotes. This enclosed search expression must be matched in the catalog exactly as typed in the search field.

Nesting allows search expressions to be grouped or nested using parentheses. The library portal searches the expression located in the innermost set of parentheses first, and then continues the search, moving outward to the terms at the edges of the expression.

Searching Specified Entries allows a search to be limited to certain fields and entries within a bibliographic record.

Searching Keyword Index Synonyms allows one or more of entry tags to be represented with a keyword index synonym name (such as AU for author or TI for title).

Searching Catalog Keys allows searching by internal database catalog keys (CKEY). Any of the following searches will retrieve records based on their catalog keys.

The library portal ignores Stopwords when searching the catalog, allowing searches on the keywords of an expression. These stopwords are usually articles, prepositions, or conjunctions, such as a, an, as, at, be, but, by, do, for, if, in, it, of, on, the, and to, among others. Enclose your expression in double quotation marks to prevent the stopwords from being ignored.

Searching Using Substitution and Truncation allows the symbols ? and $ to be used to represent substitution and truncation.

To individually Search Numbers in a List, you must type a space between each number. The library portal searches numbers separated by commas as if the numbers were not separated. The following examples may help you search numbers in a list.

Your library portal may allow Searching Bound-with Items. The library's catalog may contain "bound-with" items, which is an item that consists of several titles bound together as one physical item. One of the titles is considered the parent title; the remaining titles are the children. The catalog can be searched for any of the children titles as well as the parent title, even if the system does not have a copy record for any of the titles. For example, if your library catalog included a Wizard of Oz bound-with item, it might include the following items.

The book might be the parent item, with the other two items listed as children. Although all three items are bound together, each one can be searched separately in the library catalog.

Your library portal allows searching Special Characters. Your library's catalog supports 256 characters in its full bibliographic record. However, not all terminals can display all 256 characters. In the portal, you can use replacement characters when searching a term containing a transliterated character.

To see a Browse List of possible search matches, leave the Search For field blank, or type in the first part of the search term.


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