Find the main search screen by clicking on the New Search link at the top of any catalog page. The main search screen defaults to Basic Search, but it also provides quick access to Advanced, Course Reserves, Author & Title, Numbers, Music, and Media searches. You can find additional research tools in the sidebar on the right-hand side of the screen.
From the Main Search Screen You Can...
- Perform a Keyword, Title, Journal-Title, Author, or Subject Search
- Limit your search to specific locations of the libraries' collections
You May Also Want To:
- Try out the Experimental Search Homepage, which also allows you to limit your results to specific material types (CDs, DVDs, Scores, etc.). If you like the experimental version, please give us feedback.
Here's How the Different Search Types Work:
Keyword: Use any word or combination of words that seem relevant. The system will search for your word(s) in the indexed fields of the catalog records including title(s), subject(s), author(s), and textual notes such as tables of contents, summaries, etc.
Title: Type a title phrase. The system will search for your phrase in the title fields of the catalog records--including main titles, former titles, series information, translations, and title variations.
Journal Title: Type a title phrase. The system will search for your phrase in the title fields of catalog records associated with journals, magazines, or other serials.
Author: Use the name of a person or organization that helped create the item. The system will search the catalog records for authors, joint authors, editors, composers, directors, and performers, as well organizations, conferences, government agencies, corporate, and many other named entities. Some things to know about author searches:
- Knowing a little about the person (first, last name, birth/death dates) helps. Consider the search: Strauss. There will be too many results to be useful.
- If you know both the first and last name of a person, type them into the search terms field in the form last name, first name.
- Many names are normalized within the catalog for organizational purposes. If you’re having trouble finding a name, ask a reference librarian for help.
Subject: use a Library of Congress Subject Headings from the searchable list provided by the Library of Congress. The system will search the subject heading fields in the catalog records. If you are unsure of the correct subject heading for your research, use the keyword search instead because it will look for your keyword within the subject heading fields. You can combine keyword and subject searches to find highly relevant materials. To learn how, see this tutorial on Better Searching with Subject Headings.