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Special Collections Center: Searching the Collections

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Janelle Rebel
Digital Curation and Special Collections Librarian
(941) 359-7583

Alexandra Vargas-Fournier
Digital Collections Assistant
(941) 309-4055

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Search the Library Catalog

How to Search the Catalog for Special Collections Items

Start your Search at the new library website ( or in the widget above. Leave the text field blank, then click on the Search button to open the exlibris Simple Search interface. You have several options: 

  • You can search by Keyword, Author, Title, etc. then limit the location to Special Collections.
    • ​Tip: Once you click on a title that interests you, some of our records give you the option to View images.
  • If you'd like to see a list of all our artists' books, simply type in "artists' books" specimens as a Keyword search.
    • Tip: Include the quote marks.
  • If you'd like to see a list of all of our special collections materials, type in spcol as a Keyword search.
    • ​Tip: Use the Sort By feature to manage the results
  • If you'd like to search within our artists' book collection only, click on the Advanced Search tab in the catalog. In the first text field type "artists' books" specimens with Keyword Anywhere selected. Use the fields below to combine additional terms relevant to your topic with the operators AND, OR, or NOT. Click Search.
    • Example: "artists' books" specimens AND moon
  • You can also do other types of complex searches using the Advanced Search tab in the catalog. If you want to find books of poetry for example, do a Keyword search for poem? combined with the Boolean operator OR plus poet? to retrieve all the items that contain a variant of those words, e.g. poem, poems, poet, poetry.
    • ​Example: poem? OR poet?
    • Tip: Use a question mark to truncate any term.

Collection Highlights