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Library Catalog

Start your search in the Library's catalog!

Boolean Searching

Boolean searching uses the terms AND, OR and NOT.  By combining these terms, you can find different results in databases.

AND

This gets you the LEAST results.  It search for all of your search terms within an item.  If you wanted a book that had lions and tigers, you would use "lions AND tigers."

OR

This gets you the MOST results. It searchs for any of your search terms within an item.  If you wanted a book that had lions or maybe it had tigers, but as long as it had one of them, you'd be happy, you would use "lions OR tigers."

NOT

You can use this to narrow your results.  It eliminates one or more search terms from your results.  Suppose you wanted a book that had lions, but you really didn't want to see any tigers in it, you'd use "lions NOT tigers."

You can combine all of these terms in any way.  Examples:

  • Lions AND Tigers AND Bears
  • Lions AND Tigers NOT Bears
  • Lions OR Bears NOT Tigers
  • Lions OR Tigers OR Bears NOT Dorothy

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How to Use the Library Catalog

You can use the library catalog to find all types of materials from books to journals to DVDs to videogames to artist's books!