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Search Method Input Search Terms Search Examples
KEYWORD  Phrase Search
Adjacency

 

Multiple words are searched together as one phrase.


United States supreme court

English as a second language

domestic violence

KEYWORD(S)
  Operators

( )
and
or
and not

Use "and" to search multiple concepts simultaneously

Use "or" to combine words with similar meaning

Use "and not" to exclude words 

Parentheses group words together when using Boolean operators.

(domestic violence) and children

baby or infant

mexico and not (new mexico)

(alaska or canada) and (adventure not vacation)

KEYWORD(S)
  Proximity

near
within #

Use "near" to specify words close to each other, in any order. Use "within #" to specify terms which occur within # words of each other in the record. California near university

america within 3 econom*

KEYWORD(S)
  Truncation

*
**

Words may be right-hand truncated using an asterisk. Use a single asterisk * to truncate from 1-5 characters. Use a double asterisk ** for open-ended truncation. environment* polic*

fyodor dost**

TITLE Input exact title or beginning of title; ignore initial article (e.g. a, an, the, etc.) joy luck club
life and times of little turtle
life and times of
AUTHOR For personal authors, input lastname, firstname. 

For materials written, published, or produced by an organization, input the organization's name.
clarke cheryl
confucius
garcia marquez gabriel

united states commission on civil rights
California state university

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Advanced Search

Search Method Input Search Terms and Search Examples
KEY PHRASE
  Adjacency
search example Multiple words are searched together as one phrase.

Example 1: United States Supreme Court

Example 2: domestic violence
        

KEYWORD(S)
  Operators

and
or
and not
search example Use "and" to search multiple concepts simultaneously

search example Use "or" to combine words with similar meaning

 
Search Example 1



Use "and not" to exclude words. For example:
mexico AND NOT new mexico
KEYWORD(S)
  Proximity
near
within 1
within 3
within 10
search example Use "near" to specify words close to each other, in any order. For example:
california NEAR university       
search example Use "within #" to specify terms which occur within # words of each other in the record. For example:
america WITHIN 3 economy     
KEYWORD(S)
  Truncation

*
**
search example Words may be right-hand truncated using an asterisk. 
search example Use a single asterisk * to truncate from 1-5 characters.
search example Use a double asterisk ** for open-ended truncation. For example:
Single asterisk *
environment* polic*
Double asterisk **
fyodor dost**
KEYWORD(S)
 Search Methods
Any Field
Title
Author
LC Subject Heading
Notes
search example Use the drop-down box on the left to select what "fields" you want to search.  You can choose:  Any Field, Title, Author, LC Subject Heading, and Notes.

Search Example 2
Add Limits (optional)
Limiter Explanation Examples
Language:
To limit your search results to material published in one of these languages. Set the pulldown menu to the desired language, or leave at ANY for material in all languages.

English
French
German
Spanish
Chinese
Japanese
Korean
Sort By:
To sort your search results by relevance, date, or title, click on the pulldown menu, and select one of your choice. The system sorts by relevance if no selection is made. Relevance
Date
Title
 
Material Type:

 
To limit your search results to one of these material types, select (click on) the format in the Material Type box.


 
Any
Books
Videos, DVDs 
Sound Recordings
Music Scores
CD-Roms, etc.
eBooks / eJournals
Location: To limit your search results to one of these location/collections, select (click on) your choice in the Location box.






Any
Circulating
CSLA Master's Thesis
Government Documents
Children's Books
Microforms
Periodicals (Print Only)
Reference
Reserves
Special Collections
Year:
You can limit your search results by year of publication. For example:

After   
1990

and Before
2009

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Saving your searches

If you have a favorite author or subject for which you often search when using the catalog, you can save the search with the click of a button. This will prevent you from having to key in the search each time and let you place reserves on new materials quicker.

How to:

  1. Log in to your Library Account.
  2. Click on the "New Search" button.
  3. Search for your favorite author, subject, title, etc. or create an advanced keyword search including limits to material type, language, publication year, etc..
  4. When your results are displayed, click the button marked "Save as preferred search".
  5. The next time that you log in to your My Millennium Account, you can click the "Preferred Searches" button to see a list of your saved searches.
  6. Click on the search link associated with any of the preferred search terms in the list to quickly execute your search.
  7. You can be alerted of new materials added to the library collection which match your searches. Just check the "Mark for Email" box and be sure that your patron record information includes your current email address.

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