Advanced Catalog Search

An advanced catalog search combines search elements to refine a search or limit a search based on criteria configured by your library. Searches can include a single word or several words with operators and special punctuation. An advanced catalog search returns catalog records that contain the word or words that you entered for the search.

You can begin an advanced catalog search by selecting Advanced Catalog Search wherever it is available.

  1. Type in the information for your search as described below.
  2. Click Search to begin the search.
  3. Use Searching Tips if you need help.
  4. Refine or limit the search if no results display.

Combining Search Elements

You can combine search index elements such as word or phrase, author, title, subject, series, periodical title, or other searches configured by your library. Use the drop-down list arrows to select other available search options.

Combine search index elements in Advanced Catalog Search using Boolean operators. Use the drop-down list arrows to select an operator to combine search elements. Boolean operators (AND, NOT, OR, XOR) locate records containing matching terms in one of the specified fields, both of the specified fields, or all of the specified fields. Use Boolean operators to connect words or phrases between more than one text field, or use Boolean operators to connect words or phrases within a text field.

Once you have combined search elements using Boolean operators, you can click Search to start your search.

Limiting the Search

You can limit the search based on criteria configured by your library. Other limit options may be available.

Once you have limited the search, you can click Search to start your search.

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