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Catalogue Basic Search Tips

Truncation

Use the question mark ? to truncate; at least 3 characters required.

canad? finds Canada, Canadian, Canadien, Canadiana

It can be used with Keyword (relevance ranked), Keyword (use AND, OR, NOT, or "a phrase"), Title Keyword, Author Keyword, Subject Keyword searches.

Phrase

Use quotation marks " " to search for an exact string of words:
"world peace"

Filter by

Use to filter results by Date, Location, Format or Language. Use Location: Online for ebooks, ejournals, etc.

Cannot be used with Browse searches.

Keyword (relevance ranked)

Use to search for names, titles, subjects, etc.
Multiple terms are searched using an implied "AND" then results are sorted by Relevance.

general chemistry ralph petrucci finds general AND chemistry AND ralph AND petrucci

Keyword (use AND, OR, NOT, or "a phrase")

Use quotes to search phrases: "british columbia"

Combine search terms with Boolean operators: and, or, not.

Use ? with partial words to find variant endings: forest? finds forest, forests, forestry

Use parentheses to group terms in complex searches: ("british columbia" or alberta) and (tree? or forest?)

Title Keyword

Use to search for words within a title. Multiple terms are searched using an implied "AND".

cure death lightning finds cure AND death AND lightning (will find Cure for death by lightning)

Title (begins with)

Use to search for titles that begin with certain words. Omit initial articles (A, An, The, L', etc.).

cure for death (will find Cure for death by lightning)

return of history (will find The Return of History : conflict, migration, and geopolitics in the twenty-first century)

Journal Title (begins with)

Use to search for journals, newspapers, magazines that begin with certain words. Omit initial articles (A, An, The, L', etc.).

globe and mail (will find The Globe and Mail)

Author Keyword

Use to search for names of authors, editors, composers, directors, organizations, etc.

william shakespeare
world health organization

Subject Keyword

Use to search for words within a subject heading (i.e. controlled vocabulary from the Library of Congress, National Library of Medicine, First Nations House of Learning and others).

british columbia (will find subject headings beginning with British Columbia or as part of a subject heading, e.g. Bilingualism -- British Columbia)

Author (lastname, firstname)

Browse by authors, editors, composers, directors, organizations, etc.

Enter individual names as lastname firstname:
austen jane

Enter organizations or groups as they appear:
American psychological association

Author/Composer Sorted by Title

Browse by prolific authors or composers and their works. Searches first author only.

Enter author's last name first:
austen jane
bach johann

Subject (begins with)

Browse by subject heading (i.e. controlled vocabulary from the Library of Congress, National Library of Medicine, First Nations House of Learning and others).

Omit all punctuation.

ethnobotany
first nations ethnobotany

Call Number

Use to browse Library of Congress or National Library of Medicine call numbers.

Enter as much of the call number as you know, including punctuation and spaces:
E98.B7 T87 2014

Other Shelf Number

Use to browse other shelf number schemes (e.g. Brian Deer classification, accession numbers).

Enter as much of the call number as you know, including punctuation and spaces:

SN T87 A53 2014
Spam20189
Vmatica.G-2
Asian Rare-5