Advanced Search

e-catalog's Advanced Search can be used to combine search elements to refine a search, to limit a search based on criteria configured by your library, produce a browse list of specified items, or perform a call number search.

Combining Search Elements

Use Advanced Search to combine search elements separated by boolean operators. You can combine word or phrase, author, title, subject, series, and periodical title searches. e-catalog will search for any records containing the combined information. Use the Boolean operator pull-down menu to further refine your search.

  1. Type a word or phrase for "words or phrase" and e-catalog will search for any catalog records containing the word or phrase.
  2. Type an author's name for "author" and e-catalog will search for any catalog records containing the authorís name. Although you can search for an author by the first name, last name, or initials, searching by an authorís last name produces a more complete list of search results, or if your search reverts to the browse list, places you in a more focused portion of the browse list.
  3. Type a title for title and e-catalog will search for any catalog records with the title. e-catalog ignores stopwords.
  4. Type a subject for "subject" and e-catalog will search for any catalog records with the search term in the subject index.
  5. Type a series title for "series" and e-catalog will search for any catalog records with the search term with that series title. You can even get the list to display in chronological order.
  6. Type a periodical or journal title for "periodical title" and e-catalog will search for any records containing the search term in the periodical keyword index.
    Can I see a magazine article in e-catalog? Magazine articles are not available in e-catalog, but you may get many through the Online Databases.
  7. A search expression can consist of a single term or a set of terms, as well as operators and special punctuation. Refer to Searching Tips for more information on search terms in e-catalog.

  8. After you have entered the search criteria, select the Search button to perform the power search. Select the Reset button if you want to clear the fields and enter different search criteria.

Limiting the Search

Use Advanced Search to limit your search based on criteria configured by your library.

  1. You can limit your search by choosing a specific branch from the library pull-down menu.
  2. You can choose a specific language to search under from the language pull-down menu. - More Language Info.
  3. You may search a variety of formats (such as DVD, Compact Discs, and Videos).
  4. If you are familiar with your library's category codes, you can choose a specific category to search under from the category pull-down menu.
  5. You can have your search match on a particular part of a catalog record (such as exact content) by using the match on pull-down menu.
  6. You can limit your search to a specific publication year from the pub year pull-down menu.
  7. You can sort your advanced search results by specified criteria from the sort by pull-down menu.

Browsing

From the Advanced Search page, switch to Browse to produce of browse list of items. The browse list may be produced based on a search of an author, a title, a subject, a series, or a periodical or journal title. In a multilibrary system, the browse list may be produced from a search of a single library or all libraries.

Call Number Search

If you know the call number of the item you are searching for, you can use the Call Number Search option. Your library may have the following options for limiting a search.

  1. In a multilibrary system, you can select which library catalog to search in by choosing one from the library pull-down menu.
  2. If you are familiar with your library's catalog reco
  3. rd item types, you can choose a specific item type to search under from the item type pull-down menu.

  4. You can choose the library shelving location to search in by selecting one from the location pull-down menu.

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