Answered By: Michelle Gravelle
Last Updated: Oct 18, 2018     Views: 39

An advanced search allows you to combine different search terms with different search types. You can perform a keyword search by title, subject, or author. You can also limit your search to course textbooks, material type, language, or publication range.  

When searching, use the boolean operators AND, OR, NOT with the drop down menu on the advanced search screen, or include these operators between words on the basic library search screen. Boolean operators should be capitalized.

  • AND: all terms entered must be present in the record
    • e.g. The search organic AND farming will return results that include both words only

venn diagram showing the results for organic and farming
 

  • OR: any one term entered must be present in the record
    • e.g. A search for cats OR dogs will return results that include either or both of the terms.

venn diagram showing the results of searching cats or dogs
 

  • NOT: the term entered cannot be present in the record
    The NOT operator can be especially helpful to get rid of clutter you don't need in your results.
    • e.g. The search marijuana NOT legalization will look for results with the word marijuana, but won't return any results containing the word legalization.

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