Each record in the library catalog contains specific information about a work, such as the title, author, and subject. You can search these record fields for keywords. A keyword search in any field looks in all the search fields of the library catalog to find your keyword text. Other keyword searches narrow the search for the keyword only in the author, subject, title, or other specific fields. If your library offers other databases to search, they are available to select for a keyword search.
Case, spaces, punctuation - Letter case, multiple spaces, and punctuation are ignored. Omit hyphens in numbers. However, you can include the following characters if they immediately precede or follow a letter or number (no space between): + # % $
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.
To do a keyword search:
If you see suggested search terms as you type, you can ignore the suggestions and continue to type your search term, or you can click a suggestion to search for the term. Click Hide Suggestions if you do not want to see search suggestions. Click the small arrow in the search text box to show the suggestions after they have been hidden.
Any Field - All the indexed information fields
Title - Title fields
Author - Author fields
Subject - Subject fields
General notes - Notes fields
Publisher - Publisher field
Genre - Forms or types of materials, such as science fiction, romance, biography, bibliography, or large type books
Series - Series fields
ISBN - International Standard Book Number, a 13‑digit number that is assigned to a specific book or edition of a book when it is published. Type the wildcard character * at the beginning and end of the number you enter for best results.
ISSN - International Standard Serial Number, an 8‑digit number with an optional letter code that identifies a serial title. Type the wildcard character * at the beginning and end of the number you enter for best results.
LCCN - Library of Congress Control Number. Type the wildcard character * at the beginning and end of the number you enter for best results.
Publisher No. - Publisher’s number, the unique identifier assigned to the publishers of sound recordings, video recordings, printed sheet music, and other musical works
SuDoc - Superintendent of Documents classification number (identifier) assigned to government documents. The identifier can consist of letters and numbers.
CODEN - Identifier for scientific and technical periodical titles. The six-character identifier can consist of letters and numbers.
STRN - Standard technical report number (identifier) assigned according to ISO 10444 or NISO Z39.23 standards. The identifier can consist of letters and numbers.
Your library may provide a digital collection that you can search and access online in the same way that you search for other materials. Materials in the collection may include images, video clips, sound files, and text files. If you want to restrict your search results to digital collection materials, select Digital Collection in the Limit by box.
If you type your search term and then select more search options before clicking Go, you will need to re-type your search term.
The search options window opens.
You can also exclude items from a search. Select them from the appropriate list, and click the Exclude box below the list.
Detailed material types are defined by the library for the physical items the library owns. The formats in the Limit by box on the search bar refer to general formats and types of materials associated with title entries in the catalog. You can limit a search by format or detailed material type, but not both. If you selected a format in the Limit by box when you set up your search, your format choice is canceled when you set a material type.
The search bar displays a highlighted message that options have been set. To change them, click the Change link in the highlighted Options have been set message, set new values and click Set Search Options. Then do a new search.
To reset the search options to their original values, click the Reset link in the highlighted Options have been set message. The search is done again, using the original values.
Search options retain their settings until you reset them or go to the home page. The highlighted message Options have been set on the search bar indicates that search options are set to values different from the usual values.
The Select Databases window opens with the local database selected. If you do not want to search the local catalog along with the remote databases, select the check box next to the local database to clear the check box.
Your selections remain until you reset them. To reset the search databases, click Reset.
If the search is successful, you see your search results. If no matches are found, you see a message. You may also see a Did you mean suggestion. You can click the suggestion to search for the suggested term.
If you selected remote databases to search, a status bar indicates how many results were retrieved and how many results are pending. To load the remainder of the results, click Add Pending Results. You can click Search Status to see the number of results for all the selected databases. If you have selected or entered a search Limit by option that a remote database cannot use, results from this database are returned based on the basic search terms you entered, and a message indicates that the limiters were not used in the remote database search.