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VPHB78H3F Our Town, Our Art: Local Collections I

A guide that will help you to complete research necessary for VPHB78H3F Our Town, Our Art: Local Collections I, Fall 2021.

Boolean Operators

Boolean is a set of commands that can be used in almost every search engine, database, or online catalogue.  The most popular Boolean commands are ANDOR, and NOT.  Other commands include parenthesestruncation, and phrases.

Please see U of T's FAQs on Boolean Operators for additional information. 

Advanced Searching using AND

Advanced Searching using OR

Advanced Searching using NOT

Using Boolean command NOT in your search tells the search engine to give you results that contain the word(s) you entered except the word following NOT. 

Example

Psychology NOT Developmental:  any results that contain the word "psychology" will appear in your results list except those results that also contain the word "developmental".

Created by the University of Toronto Library, as part of the Boolean Searching FAQs. 

UTSC Library Catalogue

In order to search for books, go to the UTSC Library Catalogue. Download a full guide with LibrarySearch Tips here.

First, sign in using the icon in the upper right hand corner. Once you sign in, you will have access to additional catalogue features:

sign into the catalogue

Select the advanced search option:

LibrarySearch home page

Select the catalogue option - this will help you limit your results list to books, and will give you more control over your search.

Selecting the catalogue option to find books

 

Enter keywords in order to search for books that are relevant to your topic, and select the relevant limiters. You can limit your search by Format (Book, DVD, CD, etc), Language, Library Location, and date:

search terms and limiters

 

Once you have your search results, you can narrow your sources to online items, and by subject: narrowing by subject on online sources