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How to search

  • "Boolean Operator" search (video)- uses keywords joined together with AND, OR, NOT, to search for more than one keyword or phrase. The amount of results found with each operator is represented in yellow below:

[ boolean operators ]

  • AND - results must contain each word.  EXAMPLE: puppy AND kitten
  • OR - finds either word enclosed in parentheses.  EXAMPLE: (puppy OR kitten)
  • AND NOT in library catalog searches excludes word.  EXAMPLE: puppy AND NOT kitten
TOPIC EXAMPLES:
     "public relations" AND "team-based approach"
     classroom AND (discipline OR management)
     ("Kansas City" AND NOT Missouri) and crime

 

  • Truncation/Wildcard Search- allows you to search for a term and its various spellings. 
    • Use the root spelling of a word and add an asterisk to get variant endings.
      • EXAMPLE: educat*  searches for educate, educates, educated, or education.
      • EXAMPLE: educate* searches for educate, educates, or educated.
    • Use a question mark"?" to replace a single letter in a word to search multiple spellings.
      • EXAMPLE wom?n  searches for women or woman

 

  • Field Searching - lets you limit your search words to a particular part of the listing. Use when:
    • you are looking for items about a specific AUTHOR  
    • you only remember a couple of words from the TITLE 
    • you want to pinpoint a particular SUBJECT 
       
  • Subject Heading Searching - subjects headings are chosen from a carefully selected list of words and phrases used to tag units of information (similar to a hashtag) so all tagged items display in search results.
    EXAMPLE 
  • Search By Title allows you to browse for items by title 
    • Begin by going to the library homepage and selecting the catalog tab located above the search bar, then clicking the search tab to take you to the advanced search screen.
    • Next change the search field to Title and enter in as much of the title as you want in the correct order.
      • Example: (Where the red fern grows)
  • Searching by Authoran author search allows you to browse for items by author. 
    • An author is the person, artist, composer, government body or organization responsible for the creation of the content of a work.
    • To search for an author change the search field to Author and enter in the authors last name first followed by their first name in the search bar
      • Example: (Twain, Mark)
  • Searching by Corporate/Non-Personal Author
    • A corporate author is any group or organization that is responsible for the content of a published work. They include organizations, corporations, governmental entities, and musical or artistic groups.
    • To search for a corporate of non-personal author change the search field to Author and enter in the name of the corporate author including as mush of the name as you want.
      • Example: (Ford Motor Company) or (United Nations)
    • For corporate bodies that are best known by their abbreviations, search using the abbreviated form.
      • Example: (International Business Machines, or IBM)

 

  • Call Number Search - Using the call number search, you can browse an inventory of the library's materials in Call Number order. 
    • Searching a Call Number for books  [ EXAMPLE
    • Searching a Call Number for a magazine or journal [ EXAMPLE
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How do I search for books, eBooks, children's books, music scores?

  • BOOKS at B. D. Owens Library 
  • MOBIUS (multiple libraries within Missouri and others)
    • Click MOBIUS 
    • Below the search box, click Advanced Search 
      • Select your search method (title, author, subject)
      • change the format of the search to Book/Journal
      • change the language to English
      • select other search limits, such as Date.
    • After you have found the book you want, select the (Request it) tab to the right of your search result.
    • Select MOBIUS - TOWERS as the home library, and click submit. 
    • Enter your name followed by your ID number (919#) and (NW) (Example: 919111111NW). Choose the pickup location that works best for you, most likely Northwest MO State Library 
    • Your book has now been requested. You will receive an email in your Northwest account when your book is ready for pickup.
       
  • PROSPECTOR 
    • If the book(s) that you are looking for on MOBIUS cannot be found, then you can use the Prospector catalog to borrow items.
    • Directly underneath the MOBIUS graphic in the top right hand corner of a MOBIUS search result page, click Prospector
    • After you have found the book you want, select the (Request it) tab to the right of your search result.
    • Select MOBIUS - TOWERS as the home library, and click submit.
    • Enter your name followed by your ID number (919#) and (NW) (Example: 919111111NW). Choose the pickup location that works best for you, most likely Northwest MO State Library 
    • Your book has now been requested. You will receive an email in your Northwest account when your book is ready for pickup.
  • BOOKS FOR CHILDREN AND YOUNG ADULTS  
    1. Click Advanced and change the Location: drop-down menu box selection from ANY to NW Owens Juvenile or NW Horace Mann Library
    2. In the first search box, type an author's name (last name, first name), title, genre, or topic
      EXAMPLE: to locate books about U.S. presidents, enter united states and president*
    3. Click Submit 
    4. Click the displayed item(s) which match your topic to view the call number and location
  • MUSIC SCORESGo to the library homepage, click the CATALOG tab and select the search button to take you to the Advanced Search screen.
    • format box: select the music score grouping
    • search field: change to either author, title, or subject based on how you are searching for the music score. 
      • Example: to find music scores by Johann Sebastian Bach, type bachjohann sebastian.
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