Library Catalog - Basic Search Help

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  SEARCH EXAMPLESKey Phrase  |  Keyword  |  Title  |  Author  |  Subject  |  Call Number

Search Method Input Search Terms Search Examples


Multiple words are searched together as one phrase. United States supreme court

English as a second language

domestic violence


( )
and not

Use "and" to search multiple concepts simultaneously

Use "or" to combine words with similar meaning

Use "and not" to exclude words 

Parentheses group words together when using Boolean operators.

(domestic violence) and children

baby or infant

mexico and not (new mexico)

(alaska or canada) and (adventure not vacation)


within #

Use "near" to specify words close to each other, in any order. Use "within #" to specify terms which occur within # words of each other in the record. California near university

america within 3 econom*



Words may be right-hand truncated using an asterisk. Use a single asterisk * to truncate from 1-5 characters. Use a double asterisk ** for open-ended truncation. environment* polic*

fyodor dost**

TITLE Input exact title or beginning of title; ignore initial article (e.g. a, an, the, etc.) joy luck club
life and times of little turtle
life and times of
AUTHOR For personal authors, input lastname, firstname. 

For materials written, published, or produced by an organization, input the organization's name.
clarke cheryl
garcia marquez gabriel

united states commission on civil rights
California state university
SUBJECT Input exact, or partial beginning, Library of Congress Subject Headings. world war 1939-1945 women united states
world war 1939-1945
Hispanic Americans
hemingway ernest 1899-1961 criticism and interpretation
CALL NUMBER Input exact, or partial beginning of a call number:
Library of Congress call numbers for books and journals 

SuDoc number for government documents

Dewey Decimal number for Children's books. 
HF 5382.65 S54 1993
Y 4.SCI 2:106-86 
305.23 K847l