Keyword Search

Step One: Enter Search Terms

A Keyword Search lets you search bibliographic records that contain one or more keywords in a field that has been indexed for searching.

  1. Choose a database to search.
  2. Select a field(s) on which to search by clicking the down arrow of the pull-down boxes labeled Search Type and highlight the desired field(s).
  3. Type the term(s) to be searched in each text box labeled Word.
  4. Select one or more logical connectors, or operators, to combine your keywords, and highlight the desired logical connector.
  5. Set filter options, if you wish.
  6. Click the Search button.

Types of Keywords

Alphanumeric: for example, 1900s

Numbers: for example, 1984

Words truncated with an asterisk (* ): for example, farm* would retrieve farm, farms, farmer, farming, or any other word starting with farm.

Words containing a question mark (?) to represent a single, wild card character: For example: colo?r, would retrieve color and colour

Word list: for example, civil war

  1. There is an AND between terms in the word list.
  2. There is no order to the terms in the word list.
  3. Word lists can include the Boolean operator symbols & (AND), + (OR), or - (NOT).

    Example: cats & breeds - Siamese

Continue to Step Two: Viewing Records