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USING THE CATALOG: Advanced Searching

Advanced Searching

You may also use Advanced Search to find lists of authors' names, titles, or subject headings that include or begin with specific terms:

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Here's an example with search results:

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Click on "Left to Right" to find exact titles or to narrow subject headings.

Each entry will indicate how many items are associated with it.

If you click on the subject (or author or title, etc.) that will display all matching items. To see all the items that match a subject heading and its narrower subject headings, click on the number after the / (1375 in the example 447/1375 below): 

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If you cannot browse the stacks in person, you can do so virtually by searching a call number in the Advanced Search mode.  If you already have a book relevant to your research and you want to browse similar titles, click on "call number" in the Advanced Search mode and then enter the call number of the book you have. You should not include the entire call number (see the example below) or the search will only return that exact book. You can also enter a general call number (in the example = only "BV") when you don't have a specific one or when you want to browse a larger selection of titles:

 

As shown above, this will produce a list of related works. Although not exhaustive, call number searching is a useful way to browse the shelves without actually entering the stacks.

 

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