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Discovery: Search guide

Quick guide to searching Discovery










Quick guide to searching in Discovery

Basic Searching

  • By default, a basic search is a “keyword” search. Enter a term in the search box and press “enter” on your keyboard or use the search button to execute that search.

Expert Searching

  • An expert search may include index labels and boolean operators. This search may be executed in any search box, such as the basic search box or the advanced search screen.
  • It is important to use index labels with all the search terms; otherwise the terms without index labels will be treated as keyword (kw:) searches.
  • Boolean operators (AND, OR, NOT) used in a search, must be capitalized. Search terms with boolean operators are processed in left to right order.

Approximate term queries: asterisk, question mark and pound sign.

o Truncation: Enter a minimum of the first three characters followed by an asterisk (*).

o Wildcards

  • Use the pound sign (#) to represent a single character.
  • Use the question mark (?) to represent zero to 9 characters within a term.

Author names are hot linked on search results in the item detail and under editions & formats.

  • You may click the name
  • To trigger an author keyword search, use the label (au:)

Searching Examples

o AND example: transportation AND highway# (finds all resources containing the words "transportation", "highway", "highways"

o OR example: photograph# OR painting# (finds resources containing the words "photograph", "photographs", "painting", "paintings"

o NOT example: kingsolver NOT vegetable (finds resources containing the word "kingsolver" without the word "vegetable"

o Wildcard and Truncation example: art architectur? gre* (finds all resources containing "art", "architecture", "architectures", "architecturally", "greek", "grecoroman", "green")

Author index example: thubron AND title index: shadow silk road

o au:thubron AND ti:shadow silk road (finds all resources with the author Thubron and title Silk Road

Subject index: reading comprehension NOT subject index: literacy

o su:reading comprehension NOT su:literacy (finds all resources about reading comprehension that are not also about literacy)

Keyword index: climate change AND Keyword index: sea levels OR Keyword index: global warming

o kw:climate change AND kw:sea levels OR kw:global warming Search Results & Item Details

Other search tips:

  • Use filters to refine search results based on content, format, databases, author, year (or range of years), language and/or topics. 
  • The item detail includes the description, holding libraries, editions & formats and availability. The default tab is availability, and this may contain full text online links, a holdings summary with local call numbers and shelf-status or buttons for request item or place hold functions.