For items by an author use the Author search and enter the last name first; example: woolf virginia
For items about an author use the Subject heading search and enter the last name first; example: woolf virginia
Use a Subject Keyword search to combine very specific concepts; example: shakespeare sonnets
When doing a general Keyword search, use the symbol ? to truncate search terms and get more results; for example, use litera? to find results that include both literature and literary
With the Advanced Keyword search you can select any of these, all of these, or as a phrase from the dropdown list to specify how multiple words entered in the search are to be combined, or can refine your search by selecting a Boolean operator - AND, OR, or NOT - and adding more terms.
The AND operator helps to narrow your search statement by directing it to find only those documents that contain all of the words listed. The OR command broadens your search to include results that contain any of the terms listed. The NOT operator allows you to exclude results that are irrelevant to your topic.
If you don't find exactly the right book at our library and want to see what is available at other libraries, search WorldCat.
Request items from other libraries via ILLIAD, our interlibrary loan system. ILL requests take time. Don't wait until the last minute to make your request!
Special Collections holds the library's rare books and archival collections. Hours are Monday through Friday, 9:30-12:30 and 1:30-4:30. On Voyager's Search screens and within Titles lists you can Limit your results to items in Special Collections.