How Do I Search the Catalog!
From the online catalog home page, (click here for Catalog), type the title, author, and/or subject words into the quick search box and press <Enter> or click the <Search> button. This will search the catalog for any word or phrase in the catalog record.
To search for an exact phrase, use quote marks, such as “Love the one you’re with”. To search by author and title you’d use the word AND between the author word and the title words–for example, Evanovich and Fearless Fourteen. Be aware that the word NOT has a special function in searching the catalog. It will exclude any words following the word NOT. If the word NOT is part of a title, you must put the word “not” or the entire title in quotes or you will not find the item you are looking for.
For more precise searching, you can select author, title, subject, series, or periodical title from the drop-down list next to the search box. For an author search, type in, for example, John Grisham, and select AUTHOR from the drop-down list. From the quick search box, you can also select which libraries you want to search, or search ALL. If you are not sure of the spelling, substitute a question mark for a single letter, such as the author Davids?n. The question mark would find titles by the author Davidson and Davidsen. Use the $ sign to search for words that start with the same root, such as comput$. This would find words such as computer, computers, computing, and computation.
For more search options, click the Advanced Search link found within the Quick Search box. The Advanced Search screen allows you to combine author, title, subject, etc. and exclude or include certain words by the use of connected words AND, OR, XOR, or NOT. If you want to search for the words exact words, or the words in a specific order, scroll to the bottom of the page to the Match On box, and select “left to right” or “exact content”. The default match is by keywords. As you scroll down the page, you can choose to limit your search by language, item type, genre, age level, date or date range. You can also select how you want to sort your search results. The default sort is from new to old.
For further details on how to search the catalog, click the <Help> button located on the header bar.