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Keyword searches across author, title, note, and subject fields. This is a good search to use if you aren't sure of the title or author's name, or subject terms.
Keyword search results are automatically grouped and ranked by relevancy. This is intended to bring the best results to the top. Titles within each relevancy group display in order from most recent date to oldest.
Most relevant titles : the search phrase or term appears in the main title
Highly relevant titles : the search phrase appears in the sub-title or other title information
Very relevant titles : the search phrase appears the contents or series notes, or subject headings
Relevant titles : words from the search phrase appear in the title, but not as an adjacent phrase
Other relevant titles : words from the search phrase appear anywhere in the record
Using the Advanced Search or clicking on from Keyword search results will provide options for limiting your search by format, language, location, and publisher. Hold down the CTRL key to select multiple limits; multiple selections will be OR'd together (e.g. format: DVD or Video)
When searching multiple words the system will automatically supply the Boolean "and" operator between each word; multiple words entered for the search will all occur somewhere in the retrieved records though not necessarily in the order entered. Both examples below will retrieve the same results.
Search for complete phrases by enclosing them in quotation marks. Words enclosed in double quotes will appear together in all results exactly as typed.
A phrase Search:
"university science department"
* Matches any number of non-space characters, starting at the specified position in the word. For example, "comput*" will match all words that begin with "comput" (e.g., "computer", "computation", etc.).
The '*' wildcard may also be embedded in a search string.
? You may use a question mark ('?') to replace a single character anywhere within a word.
Use AND or OR to specify multiple words in any field, any order. Use AND NOT to exclude words. Select the operator you wish to use from the selection list on the Advanced Search form.
Field limits may be specified by selecting a field limit from the selection list. These limits appear before the word or phrase to be searched. A field limit causes the system to search only the specified field for the specified word(s).
Begin with the first word and type as much or as little of the title as you want. Do not use initial articles (a, an, the) in any language. Add the pipe character [|] at the end of one or two word titles to indicate an exact match is needed.
If you are unsure of the exact title, use a Keyword search instead.
Subject headings identify materials about a topic, person, or organzation, or created in a specific genre (e.g. musicals, mystery films, etc.). A subject search finds records assigned subject terms established by the Library of Congress.
An unsuccessful result may mean you are not using the LC Subject Heading assigned your topic. To determine the appropriate subject term:
An author search includes names of persons, companies, government bodies, or organizations associated with the creation of the work within the library's collection. Artists, composers, performers, and other contributors are also included.
Enter all or part of an author’s or artist’s name, last name first. You may also type the full or partial name of an organization or group.
The Library of Congress (LC) classification system establishes a unique call number for books, music scores, and periodicals, and is used to organize these materials on the shelves by subject. The first part of the call number indicates the subject; the last part generally designates the author / date of publication.
Browsing by a shortened version of the number will simulate browsing in the shelves.
Type as much or as little of the call number as you want. Spaces are only needed before dates. Decimal points must be included.
A detailed summary of the Library of Congress Classification schedule & related subjects is found at the Library of Congress web site.
Local call numbers are assigned by the Library and used primarily for non-book materials or for items in special locations. They are alpha-numeric, with the alpha prefix generally indicating format, subject or location of material.
Browsing by a shortened version of the number will simulate browsing in the shelves and/or display all items in a particular physical format.
Type the Local Call number you want to find, then press Enter or click Submit.
Type as much or as little of the local call number as you want.
|Call Number Prefix||Assigned to:|
|AUD||audio books on CD|
|CD||music compact discs|
|FUND||International Monetary Fund documents|
|LEG||Florida Legislature documents|
|LP||spoken word LP sound recordings|
|SPECIAL||items in Special Collections|
|Thesis||UM Doctoral or Masters theses|
|Z||LPs other than classical and/or more than 4 composers|
Superintendent of Document (SuDoc) numbers are established by the U.S. Superintendent of Documents and are used to organize federal government documents. Florida state governmental agencies use a similar system for Florida government documents. The beginning alpha-numeric sequence for both federal and state documents indicates the governmental agency issuing the document.
Browsing by a shortened version of the number will simulate browsing in the shelves and/or display all items by a particular agency.
Type as much or as little of the number as you want. Include punctuation and spaces.
Consult the 'How to Find: Government Document Numbers' guide for a listing of the U.S. and Florida governmental agency prefixes.
The ISBN [Internation Standard Book Number] and ISSN [International Standard Serial Number] are unique numeric indentifiers assigned by publishers for books and serials [journals, magazines, etc.]. These numbers help distinguish one title and/or edition from another.
Type the ISBN, ISSN, or technical report number as it appears. Punctuation and spaces can be omitted if desired.
Music publisher numbers are plate or publisher numbers from music scores and record label or matrix numbers from music sound recordings. These numbers are typically found in publisher's catalogs, bibliographies, and discographies, as well as on the items themselves.
Type the music publisher number with exact spaces and punctuation.
OCLC numbers are unique control numbers assigned to each bibliographic record in the OCLC WorldCat Database
Type the OCLC number you want to find, then press Enter or click Search.
Type as much or as little of the OCLC number as you want.