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Keywords

Perform a basic search using your keywords.
For example:

  • transportation
  • hypertension
Boolean Operators

Capitalize the Boolean operators (AND, OR, NOT) when using them in a search. Search terms with Boolean operators are processed in left to right order.
For example:

  • AND: transportation AND highway
  • OR: photograph OR painting
  • NOT: kingsolver NOT vegetable
Truncation

Truncation allows you to search for a term and its variations by entering a minimum of the first three characters of the term followed by an asterisk (*).
For example:

  • polic* (will return policy, policies)
  • environment* (will return environment, environments, environmental, environmentally, environmentalist)
Wildcards

Use the pound sign (#) to represent a single character. Use the pound sign (#) to represent a single character.
For example:

  • wom#n (returns woman, women)
  • arch?ology (returns variant spellings of archaeology)

Use the Advanced Search to quickly build out complicated search queries using Boolean operators and specific indices to search.

PLEASE NOTE

When using the Advanced Search option above, you will need to pre-limit your results to just books. On the Advanced Search page, look for the "Format" section under Search Tools and choose "Book" from the dropdown menu.

Choose the Book Format under Search Tools on the Advanced Search page

Use the Course Reserves page to find physical materials that your professors have reserved for specific classes. You can browse through the courses or search by course or professor.
For example:

  • MUS 100
  • music appreciation
  • Ogden
  • Ogden, Linda

If you are just looking for physical materials in the library, use the Physical Materials Advanced Search page to quickly build out complicated search queries using Boolean operators, specific indices to search, location limiters, and format type limiters.