How can I search only a particular field, for example author or ISBN?
Last Updated: Jan 07, 2017     Views: 13

How can I search only a particular field, for example author or ISBN?

Choose one of the following options from the drop-down that defaults to "All Fields" before typing in your search terms:

  • All Fields is a good place to start with an author & title search. For example, if you want only the Star Trek books by a certain author, type star trek byrne. Also, use as a last resort when subject searches haven't paid off.
  • Title is used when you know all or most of the title. Note: one-word-titles with subtitles can be tricky to find if you don't know the subtitle.
  • Author is used to find titles by a specific author. Type in the name; no need to use last name first.
  • Keyword in author headings can be a useful search when you know part of the author's name. Instead of showing you a list of books, it shows a list of authors with similar spellings. This is also helpful if you wish to do some up-front term exclusion.
  • Subject is useful when you are confident that you know the exact word or phrase for the subject you're seeking. Keep in mind that this is a "controlled vocabulary," so the term in your head might not match the one used in the catalog.
  • Keyword in subject headings is used to see subject headings with similar spellings to the one you might have chosen, especially if you wish to exclude them in your search. For example: A search for bees shows a list of subjects that includes: beds, beef, and beer. This is helpful if you wish to exclude some terms.
  • ISBN is great for when you find a book in a store or article, where the ISBN is listed. It's a quick and exact way to look for a title.
  • Series is a good choice if you're looking for books in a series. Keep in mind that not all records have information in the series field, so results may be spotty.

Last Updated: Jan 07, 2017     Views: 13

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