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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.)*
AND (in capitals) groups two search terms together and eliminates results that don't include both.
Example: weather AND storms:
OR expands a search to include both terms.
Results include one term or the other.
Example: weather OR storms
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.
(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:
"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:
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
Truncation* broadens a search to find multiple endings and/or spellings.
Add an asterisk * to end of root word.
Wildcards substitute ? for a letter in word.
The wildcard can subsitute 0 or 1 character.
Helpful when spelling might be different.