Quick Searches

Quick searches look only in the library’s own catalog.

Typing Search Text - Quick Searches

Multiple words - If you type more than one word, your results may include materials with the words in any order. If you want to find the words in the exact order, begin the phrase with double quotation marks.

Wildcard characters - You can type a part of a word and use a wildcard character. The wildcard character asterisk (*) represents the rest of the word. For example, if you type King*, the results include words such as King, Kingsley, and Kingford. The wildcard character question mark (?) represents exactly one character. For example, wom?n finds woman and women. If the question mark occurs at the end of a word, it does not act as a wildcard character, so you can find titles like what color is your parachute? Also, if you type a backslash character \ before any wildcard character, the wildcard character is treated as text.

Punctuation - Punctuation is usually ignored. However, you can include the following characters if they immediately precede or follow a letter or number (no space between): + # % $

Do a quick search with Limit by

Follow these steps to do a quick search of the library catalog with a Limit by option.

1. Type a word or words in the Quick Library Search box. See Typing Search Text - Quick Searches.

You may see suggested search terms as you type. You can ignore the suggestions and continue to type your search term, or click a suggestion to search for the suggested term. Click Hide Suggestions if you do not want to see search suggestions. Click the small arrow in the search text box to show the suggestions after they have been hidden.

2. To limit your search, click the arrow symbol in the Limit by box, and select an option from the list. Example: If you want to find only DVDs, select DVD in the Limit by list.

Note:
Your library may provide a digital collection that you can search and access in the same way that you search for other materials. Materials in the collection may include images, video clips, sound files, and text files. If you want to restrict your search results to digital collection materials, select Digital Collection in the Limit by box.

3. Click Go.

• If the search is successful, you see your search results.

• If no matches are found, you see a message. You may also see a Did you mean suggestion. You can click the suggestion to search for the suggested term.

4. To see more information about a title in your search results list, click the title or cover image.

5. To filter your search results or do related searches, click a Narrow or Related option at the side of the page.

Do a quick search with search buttons

Follow these steps to do a quick library search with search buttons (Anywhere, Subject, Title, Author, Series, Fiction, Nonfiction).

1. Type a word or words in the Quick library search box. See Typing Search Text - Quick Searches.

You may see suggested search terms as you type. You can ignore the suggestions and continue to type your search term, or click a suggestion to search for the suggested term. Click Hide Suggestions if you do not want to see search suggestions. Click the small arrow in the search text box to show the suggestions after they have been hidden.

Note:
If you type search text and press ENTER, without clicking a search button, a keyword search starts.

2. Click a search button to start the search:

Anywhere - Looks for your text anywhere in the catalog records.

Subject - Looks for your text in the catalog’s subject descriptions.

Title - Looks for your text in the titles of works in the library catalog.

Author - Looks for your text in authors’ names in the library catalog.

Series - Looks for your text in series names in the library catalog. The results will include works in series, where the series name includes your text.

Fiction - Looks for your text anywhere in the library’s records for fiction titles.

Nonfiction - Looks for your text anywhere in the library’s records for nonfiction titles.

If the search is successful, you see your search results. If no matches are found, you see a message. You may also see a Did you mean suggestion. You can click the suggestion to search for the suggested term.

3. To see more information about a title in your search results list, click the title or cover image. If you see a list of titles, authors, subjects, or series, you can scroll through the list and select a list entry to see the associated titles.

4. To filter your search results or do related searches, click a Narrow or Related option at the side of the page.