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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.
  • Boolean operators (AND, OR, NOT) used in a search, must be capitalized. Search terms with boolean operators are processed in left to right order.
  • The Advanced search option allows you to keyword search specific parts of citations. For example, you can search for documents that have a specific word in the titles of documents.

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

  • Truncation: Enter a minimum of the first three characters followed by an asterisk (*). As an example: 'architectur?'  finds resources containing  "architecture", "architectures", or "architecturally"
  • Wildcards: Use the pound sign (#) to represent a single character (for example 'wom#n' will find woman and women

Author names are hot linked on search results in the item detail and under editions & formats. Clicking on the name triggers an author keyword search.

Searching Examples

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

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

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

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.