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Catalog Search Fields
If you're having trouble finding results in the Library Catalog, try changing the field in the search bar.
For example, a keyword search will usually bring up a lot more results than a subject search.
Subject headings are used by library catalogers in order to group together different materials about the same topic within the library's catalog. As a researcher, this is another great tool to help you best navigate the library's catalog and discover more resources. To find these look at the right-hand column after you've performed your initial search. Under "topic" you will find similar topics that will bring you to new searches. Below are a few subject heading examples for you to explore.
Boolean operators are words that can make your search wider or narrower.
- AND will narrow your search by only returning results that include both terms (ex. graphic design AND American)
- OR will widen your search by returning results for either term (ex. graphic design OR design)
- NOT will narrow your search by eliminating results that include that term (ex. graphic design NOT American)
- If you only want results that include the entire phrase you are searching for, try putting the phrase in quotes (ex. "visual communication")
- If you're not sure how a word is spelled or you want to find results that include multiple versions of a word, use an asterisk to replace those letter(s) (ex. librar* to return results for library and libraries)