Click on the UTL LibrarySearch Advanced Search and follow the instructions provided.
Use quotation marks to search for specific titles. Be careful with spacing, hyphens and abbreviations.
Use quotation marks to search for specific compound words and names. Be careful with spacing, hyphens and abbreviations.
Use an asterisk (*) to tell the database to pull any result containing the root word.
Learn more about "Combining Keywords (Search Operators)" to build effective search queries In LibrarySearch.
c) Search by Film Director
Use the format last name, first name
Subject headings are similar to tags or hashtags. They describe the topic of an item in a database, but unlike tags they come from an official, standardized set of terms and are assigned by cataloguing experts.
Use subject headings to:
For additional search tips for subject headings, review: How can I use subject headings to improve my searching?
Search operators are a set of commands that can be used in almost every search engine, database, or online catalogue. The most popular operators are AND, OR, and NOT. These must all be in capital letters to work. Other operators include parentheses, truncation, and phrases.
Use the following search operators to broaden or narrow your results.
|AND||Use this word between concepts to narrow your results.||e.g. sensory AND perception|
|OR||Use this word between related concepts.||e.g. habitat OR ecosystem|
|NOT||Use this word to exclude terms from your search.||e.g. virus NOT corona|
|Quotations||Use quotes to search for a multi-word concept.||e.g. "International Year of Indigenous Languages"|
|*||Use the asterisk symbol to include alternate word endings.||e.g. cultur* will search for culture, cultural, and culturally|
|?||Use a question mark to include variations in spelling in your search.||e.g. wom?n will search for woman, women|
|( )||Use brackets to create separate groups of actions in your search.||e.g. "climate change" AND (ecosystem* OR habitat*) AND Ontario|
Pictured below is an example of how all of the above search operators can be combined to refine a search that will help locate sources describing the experience of women participating in the Black Lives Matter movement in Canada.
Boolean search operators can be used in Advanced Search box. Boolean operators allow you to combine search terms using the following commands:
|Boolean search||Every search result will have|
|social AND policy||Both "social" and "policy"|
|social OR policy||Either "social" or "policy"|
|social NOT policy||"Social" but not "policy"|
|social NEAR/2 policy||Both "Policy" and "social". "Policy" will appear within two words before or after "social"|
|social ONEAR/2 policy||Both "Policy" and "social". "Policy" will appear within two words after "social"|
For more information on using all the many features and functions of LibrarySearch, have a look at this guide on using the new system.
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