Search Catalog

Quick Searches

Quick searches look only in the library’s own catalog, not in remote databases.

Typing Search Text - Quick Searches

Multiple words - If you type more than one word, your results may include materials with the words in any order. If you want to find the words in the exact order, begin the phrase with double quotation marks.

Wildcard characters - You can type a part of a word and use a wildcard character. The wildcard character asterisk (*) represents the rest of the word. For example, if you type King*, the results include words such as King, Kingsley, and Kingford. The wildcard character question mark (?) represents exactly one character. For example, wom?n finds woman and women. If the question mark occurs at the end of a word, it does not act as a wildcard character, so you can find titles like what color is your parachute? Also, if you type a backslash character \ before any wildcard character, the wildcard character is treated as text.

Punctuation - Punctuation is usually ignored. However, you can include the following characters if they immediately precede or follow a letter or number (no space between): + # % $

Do a quick search with Limit by

To do a quick search of the library catalog with a Limit by option:

  1. Type a word or words in the Quick Library Search box.

  2. If you see suggested search terms as you type, you can ignore the suggestions and continue to type your search term, or you can select a suggestion to search for the term. Select Hide Suggestions if you do not want to see search suggestions. Select the small arrow in the search text box to show the suggestions after they have been hidden.

  3. Click or tap the search icon . If the search is successful, you see your search results. If no matches are found, you see a message that no titles were found.

  4. To see more information about a title in your search results list, click the title or cover image.

  5. To filter your search results or do related searches, select a Narrow or Related option at the side of the page.

Do a quick search with search buttons

To do a quick library search with search buttons (Anywhere, Subject, Title, Author, Series, Fiction, Nonfiction):

  1. Type a word or words in the Quick library search box.

    If you see suggested search terms as you type, you can ignore the suggestions and continue to type your search term, or you can select a suggestion to search for the term. Select Hide Suggestions if you do not want to see search suggestions. Select the small arrow in the search text box to show the suggestions after they have been hidden.

    Note:
    If you type search text and press ENTER, without selecting a search button, a keyword search anywhere in the catalog starts.
  2. Click or tap a search button to start the search for the text you entered:

    Anywhere - Looks in all the indexed information fields.

    Subject - Looks in the catalog’s subject descriptions.

    Title - Looks in the titles of works in the library catalog.

    Author - Looks in authors’ names in the library catalog.

    Series - Looks in series names in the library catalog.

    Fiction - Looks in fiction titles.

    Nonfiction - Looks in nonfiction titles.

    If the search is successful, you see your search results.

    If no matches are found, you see a message that no titles were found.

  3. To see more information about a title in your search results list, select the title or cover image. If you see a list of titles, authors, subjects, or series, you can scroll through the list and select a list entry to see the associated titles.

  4. To filter your search results or do related searches, select a Narrow or Related option at the side or bottom of the page.

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