Searching the catalog

From the library home page, open the library catalog.

homepage with links to the Catalog, Articles & Full Text, Databases, E-Journals, and Images

  • Combine keywords and phrases with AND
  • Enclose phrases in quotation marks
  • Use an asterisk to find variant endings 
  • Place parentheses around alternative terms, e.g. (law OR legal)

Sample search: "social media" and (law or legal)

library catalog basic search

Building keyword searches

Think about some of the things you have read and discussed in class. If you were searching for books on this topic, what keywords would you use? Don't forget ...

  • Quotation marks around phrases
  • Connect terms and phrases with AND
  • Place parentheses around words separated by OR (legal OR law)
  • Use an asterisk to truncate terms, e.g. confidential* also finds confidential and confidentiality.