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What is Discovery?: Basic and Expert Searching

Basic and expert searching

Basic Searching

By default, a basic search is a "keyword" search.  After entering a search term, click the "Search" button or click "Enter" on your keyboard.

Expert searching

Expert searches (ones that contain index labels and Boolean operators) can be entered in any search box, including the search boxes on the Advanced Search screen.  

Please noted: If you use an index label for one search term in the box, you must use index labels for all search terms. Otherwise  those without labels will be treated as keyword.  

Some of the more useful labels include:  (using the : makes it a word search, so any word that matches in the field will result in a hit; using an = creates a phrase search so the words must be in that order to result in a hit)

Author (word) au:  au:Shakespeare formats: last name or first name
Author (phrase)  au=  au=Shakespeare, William formats: Last name, first name
Genre Form (word) ge: ge: novel
Publisher (word) pb: pb: vintage
Publisher (phrase pb= pb= vintage books searches for the complete phrase
Title (word) ti: ti: existentialism will return titles with existentialism
Title (phrase) ti= ti=canterbury tales omit initial articles(a, an, the).  returns items with complete phrase
Year yr:



See the Searching WorldCat: Index Quick Reference pdf below for a complete listing of labels


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