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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:

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  • 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
     "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.
  • 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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Comprehensive eBook collection of over 118,000 titles includes digital, full-text versions of academic books from science, education and technology to the humanities and social sciences, literature and fiction. Many (but not all) permit multiple, simultaneous users.


Finding a book or item

The LOCATION describes where the item is shelved. In this example, the book Programming in Objective-C is located in the main collection on the 3rd floor. The call number tells us that the book is in the 005 area. Use the call number ranges located at the ends of each row to find numbers beginning with 005.

To find 005.117 K76p on the shelf:  

  • Read the .117 in decimal order. This means that 005.117 will be somewhere in between 005.1 and 005.2.
  • Next, read the K76p in alphabetical order first and then by numerical order. The lower case letter is also then read in alphabetical order.
  • The last four digits of the example in the photograph identifies when the book was published.

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