Answered By: Library Staff
Last Updated: May 29, 2015     Views: 84

You can search for books using the Library Catalog.

To start a search, enter a word or multiple words in the search box.

When a single word is entered, a keyword search is performed, yielding records that include the word. The system will automatically look for variations on the words entered. For example, if you enter "embryo," the system retrieves items with the words embryo, embryos, embryological, etc.

When you enter more than one word into the search box, each word will be searched on its own; your search will then be narrowed to display those items with all the words. Entering two or more keywords increases the specificity of your results.

If your search retrieves too many results, check the options in the "Refine Your Search" box to the left.

If your search retrieves too few or no results, try using synonyms and different combinations of keywords. "Refine Your Search" topics may also be useful here. NOTE: Too many words in the search box will find very few matches.

The order of the words does not affect the retrieval results. A search for "debate communication" will yield the same results as "communication debate."

Viewing records

The results list provides brief information about each title, including the library where the item may be found and whether it is available for loan or checked out.

Clicking on the title leads to a full description of the title and to copy-specific information that will assist in locating each item within the specified library (e.g. Reserve, Reference, Circulating collection, etc.).

Use Advanced search to search for an author and title simultaneously, to combine concepts, or to narrow a search by date or format.