Basic Search Overview
- You can enter any words that will help you find the item that you are looking for
- The order that you enter these words does not matter
- All words entered will have to exist for a match. Like Google search there is a default AND between words. (To run a search with OR - meaning find at least one of these search words - use Advanced Search. )
- Case does not matter, nor do accents or punctuation (except hyphens)
- Hyphenated words - enter with hyphen or space (e.g. covid-19 or covid 19 but not as single word covid19 )
- The search automatically looks for plurals or gerunds (-ing). e.g. struggle will find struggles or struggling
- In Basic Search use symbol * to find words starting with the search term, e.g. citizen* finds citizenship
- Choose a more focused search by using the drop-down selector at the end of the input field to search against all Keywords, or all Titles, or all Authors or all Subjects
Searching against the various sub groupings
Choose to search Keywords, Titles, Authors or Subjects by left-clicking on the down arrow icon at the right hand end of the Basic Search entry field:
Four sub-groupings are currently supported: (All) Keywords, Titles, Authors or Subjects. For example, if you want to find items related to return to work, you could enter search term return to work and then select the "Subjects" sub-grouping.
Don't hesitate to ask your librarian for help in determining what Subjects to look for!
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