Skip to main content

SECONDARY: READ

ELEMENTARY & SECONDARY BOOK SEARCH

Catalogue Searches Explained

GENERAL KEYWORD SEARCH:

Most basic search
Use if you don't know title, author, or subject (what it's about)
General (or broad-based) will search all fields in bibliographic record
Will often provide large number of results

SUBJECT KEYWORD SEARCH:

Searches Subject & Summary fields
Great way to search for specific information on a topic
Terms are pluralised (i.e., term is 'dogs' not 'dog')

TITLE KEYWORD SEARCH:

Great way to search if you know some words in title
Searches Title, Contents, and Summary fields
Be careful if your title includes 'and', 'or', 'not'
*Bone & Amulet (which are actually series titles) show individual titles in Contents area (v.1, v.2, etc.,)

AUTHOR KEYWORD SEARCH:

Search for books written by a certain person
Will also yield results if person is 'Added Author' (collaborator or someone who rewrites a work by another author)
Remember to include first name if last name is popular (i.e., Smith, Green, etc.,)

SERIES KEYWORD SEARCH:

Series: a set of books written on a single topic or character(s)
Series title is different than book title (or volume in a series)
For example, Diary of a Wimpy Kid is the series title while Greg Heffley's Journal is the title of the first book

*Amulet and Bone are miscatalogued as book titles and actual titles show up in contents area (v.1, v,2, etc.)*

Loading

ONLINE SAFETY

OTHER LIBRARIES

EBOOKS

SEE YOUR TEACHER-LIBRARIAN FOR THE PASSWORD! 

CLICK HERE TO ACCESS SECONDARY DATABASES FROM HOME!

 

BOOLEAN OPERATORS

AND (in capitals) groups two search terms together and eliminates results that don't include both.
Example: weather AND storms:

  • Purple area in middle shows focused results.
  • Some databases and search engines (such as Google) include AND even if you don't write it.
  • AND narrows results.
  • Some use + instead of AND.

OR expands a search to include both terms.
Results include one term or the other.
Example: weather OR storms

  • If you're not getting enough results, OR finds more for you.

 

NOT removes terms from a search.
Narrows your search.
Example: weather NOT storms

Red area shows results, any mention of storms (even if weather is present) are removed.

  • NOT ignores certain results that you don't want.
  • Some use - instead of NOT.

(Parentheses) require terms inside to be searched first.
Similar to BEDMAS (brackets is first letter)
Example: (Canada OR Ontario) AND weather

Purple area shows results, so results are compound search of:

  • Canada AND weather
  • Ontario AND weather
  • Parentheses also known as NESTING

"Quotation marks" search for a series of words two or more words in EXACT ORDER.
Example: "Canadian Shield"
Canadian Shield without quotation marks could find results:

  • that mention Canadian
  • that mention shield
  • as well as those for Canadian Shield

You could end up with results about Canadian money or medieval armour.
Search for song title by entering a few words in quotations.
Quotation eliminate finding root word in larger words

  • "challenge" instead of challenged, challenger, challenges, etc.,

Truncation* broadens a search to find multiple endings and/or spellings.
Add an asterisk * to end of root word.
Example: child*

  • child
  • childs
  • children
  • childrens
  • childhood

Wildcards substitute ? for a letter in word.
The wildcard can subsitute 0 or 1 character.
Helpful when spelling might be different.
Example: colo?r

  • color, colour

Example: wom?n

  • woman, women, womyn
Loading

FOREST OF READING