To search by keyword, select Keyword from the search options and type the word(s) you wish to search. Keyword searches can retrieve a large number of results. Several options are available to help refine your search and results.
Quick Limits can be used when doing a keyword search.
Pre-set Limits can be selected before doing a keyword search.
Using the Boolean Operators AND, OR, NOT:
|Example:||renaissance italy is searched as renaissance AND italy|
OR: The operator OR broadens the search to include records containing either keyword, or both.
|Example:||publishing or writing|
NOT: The operator NOT narrows the search by excluding unwanted words.
|Example:||architecture not landscape|
To search exact phrases, enclose the phrase in quotes.
To group terms together, place them in parentheses.
|Search:||(residence or home or housing) and (elderly or aged)|
You may also use the Guided Keyword Search option to group search terms.
To find a term with variant spelling or endings, use a question mark (?) as a wildcard or truncation symbol.
|Finds:||child, children, childhood, etc.|
|Finds:||labor, labour, laborer, etc.|
To restrict a search to a specific index or field in the catalog record, use field codes (see list below).
|Search:||nkey shakespeare and tkey hamlet|
|Finds:||records with shakespeare in the author field and hamlet in the title field|
|To search for a keyword in the:
||Use the field code:|
|Author name keyword||nkey|
|Subject heading keyword||skey|
|Journal title keyword||jkey|
|Music opus or thematic index number||opus|
|Publisher number (music score, sound, video)||npub|
|Place (city) of publication||pubp|
|Publisher name keyword||publ|
|Series title keyword||seri|
|Contents note keyword||note|
|ISBN international standard book number||isbn|
|ISSN international standard serial number||issn|
For more field codes, see the Field Codes for Keyword Searching page.
Alternative Search Options
Try using the Guided Keyword search option.