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Keyword Search Help
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From here you can perform a general keyword search of the catalog. This does a very broad search. For a more precise search you can Browse Stacks by Author, Title, Subject, etc. or Do an Advanced Search. To do a keyword search, type your terms in the search query box on the home page (example below) and click Search (or hit the ENTER key). This searches for all your terms in every author, title, subject and note in the catalog.
Example of the library's keyword search screen
- Be careful of your spelling
- Don't use minor words such as "a", "the", "to", "and", etc.
- It will only find items that contain ALL of your keywords in the same author, title, subject or note. For example, if you were searching for "Gone With the Wind" by Margaret Mitchell, you could type "gone with wind" or "margaret mitchell", but not "gone wind mitchell" because "gone wind" is from the title and "mitchell" is from the author.
- Similarly, if you type words from two different subject "headings" it won't work. The words must be in the same heading. For example, you would not find a book on training both cats and dogs by typing "dogs cats training" because the subject headings are "DOGS--TRAINING" and "CATS--TRAINING".
- The more words you type the fewer items you will find.
- Use the wildcard symbol * to expand your results. For example, typing "sales" will result in records that have only the exact word "sales" in them, while "sales*" will also bring you "salesman" or "salesmanship". Similarly, "wom*n" will find "women" or "woman".
- For more precise searches try Browsing or doing a Category search.