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Search Tips

Phrase searching is one of the most powerful ways to search.  

Use quotes to enclose key phrases.  This will search for the words in the exact order that they appear.  


"femme fatale" 

"french revolution"

"north by northwest"

"kurt vonnegut"


Combined Searching

Let's say you only remember a partial title. You can also combine a field and a phrase search like this:

title: "art of motorcycle maintenance"  

Field Searching

The basic search box in SingleSearch (or the keyword search box in the advanced search) will search across many fields automatically.

You can search for a term in a specific field of a record by entering the name of the field followed by a colon and the string you want to search.

For example:

author: oates

Fields that can be searched directly are:

  • Title
  • SubjectTerms
  • Author
  • Publisher
  • PublicationTitle
  • Volume
  • Issue
  • Language
  • Notes
  • ISBN
  • ISSN
  • DOI

For example, entering an ISBN, ISSN, or Call Number will bring back associated records:


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