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English Comp II: Find Books

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OR: finds the specified search terms together or separately (gets more results)

i.e.: apples or oranges

AND (+): requires that all search terms be present.

i.e.: cats and dogs

NOT(-): excludes that term from the results (narrows results)

i.e.: bush not president

~word: finds synonyms of the word

i.e.: dogs and ~canines

"Quotation marks" locate exact terms "inside the quotes"

i.e.: "British literature" or "special education"

Truncation and Wildcard(*, ?,#) searches for all variations of a word and alternate spellings, particularly in databases such as EBSCOhost

Truncation finds alternate endings of a word, i.e., child* = children, childhood, childlike, etc.

Wildcard ? replaces a single character in a word, i.e.: te?t = tent, test and text

Wildcard # searches for possible alternate spellings, i.e., colo#r = color or colour (American vs British spelling)

Search for Books

SEARCH MBU Library Catalog


EBSCO eBook Collection
Google Book Search

Ways to Search

  • A keyword search will check the terms you enter against almost every word in every part of an item's catalog record. If you are not sure of the exact title, perform a keyword search with the words you know (and the author's last name, if you know it). This is often the easiest way to begin searching and is usually the default way. 
  • If you know the name of the book you need, simply perform a title search in the library catalog. Use quotes around phrases for the best results. 
  • An author search will result in all the books written by that particular author.
  • There are several ways to find books using a subject/topic. You can perform a simple keyword search, or you narrow your results by using a subject search. This will search the subject headings that have been assigned to an item. Subject headings tell you what an item is about. This is especially helpful if you want to narrow your results to items about a author and not items by the author.