Type the keyword you want to find. For example:
Words may be right-hand truncated using an asterisk ('*') in place of other characters. The '*' wildcard may also be embedded in a search string. You may use '?' to replace a single character anywhere within a word.
Examples : environment* polic*, wom?n
Use "and" or "or" to specify multiple words in any field, any order. Use "and not" to exclude words.
Example : stocks and bonds
Example : (alaska or canada) and (adventure and not vacation)
|Field limits||A field limit causes the system to search only the specified field for the specified word(s).|
|Grouping||Keyword search results are usually grouped by relevance to bring the most likely titles to the top of the list. Each group represents a similar level of relevance and results are sorted within the group by date or title. To get an ungrouped result set, use boolean operators to form a complex query.|
Advanced Keyword Search Tips
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 on the right 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).
Keyword search results are usually grouped by relevance to bring the most likely titles to the top of the list. Each group represents a similar level of relevance and results are sorted within the group by date or title. To get an ungrouped result set, use boolean operators to form a complex query.
Most relevant titles
Highly relevant titles
Very relevant titles
Other relevant titles
Saving your searches
If you have a favorite author or subject for which you often search when using the catalog, you can save the search with the click of a button. This will prevent you from having to key in the search each time and let you place reserves on new materials quicker.
Books may be renewed unless required by another reader or if it is more than two weeks overdue.
There are 3 methods to renew your books:
How to renew your books online
Library cardholders may renew their own materials online. All material may be renewed except for materials with reserves and materials on which you owe fines.
Renewal will not be possible if…
Online Renewals Issues
If you experience issues with online renewal & are using Google Chrome try renewing in another browser.
If not, try the the help given here.
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Booking Short Loan Items
How to book a Short Loan Collection item:
Items in the Short Loan Collection can be booked through the catalogue. You can have up to 10 different bookings at a time but only one booking per title. Please remember that you are only to borrow up to 8 Short Loan books at a time.
Readers can recall an item from another reader if it is out on loan. The reader who currently has the requested item out on loan will be asked to return it within six days. On return the item will be kept on hold for you at the Library Circulation Desk on the Ground Floor. You have 6 days to collect it.
How to recall an item out on loan: