LibrarySearch defaults to allow for the broadest search possible and will include print and electronic resources available at the UO Libraries and Summit Libraries. You can refine your search to just pull results from UO and Summit, only UO and only articles based on your needs. The box below provides information each feature to help you decide which to use.
Use UO + Summit + Articles, etc. to perform general searches for items available in the UO catalog, Summit, and select databases. This is the default option in LibrarySearch.
You can limit your search to just the UO + Summit, which will search only the UO Library catalog and the 39 Summit library catalogs.
If you are only trying to find items at the UO, you can limit your search to UO Libraries.
Choose the "Course Reserves" scope if you are looking for materials your instructor has placed on reserve for your class.
Choose the articles scope if you only want to search for articles available through LibrarySearch.
AND – retrieves results that have all the specified terms. So a search for apples AND oranges will only retrieve results that have apples and oranges in the results. It is a useful way to narrow your search. ***Be sure to use "AND" is in all caps
OR – retrieves results with at least one of the search terms. So a search for America OR United States will retrieve results that include either the terms America or United States or both. *** Be sure "OR" is in all caps.
NOT – excludes any search results that includes the specified term. It is most useful to use NOT when trying to eliminate irrelevant results. So a search for Mexico NOT Mexico City will give you results related to Mexico, but will not include results about Mexico City. ***Be sure "NOT" is in all caps.
? - enter a question mark to perform a single character wildcard search. For example, type wom?n to search for records that contain the strings woman, women, and so forth.
* - enter an asterisk to perform a multiple character wildcard search. For example, type cultur* to search for records that contain strings, such as culture, cultural, and culturally.
Note: The system ignores wildcard characters placed at the beginning of search terms. For example, the system treats the search terms ?aying and *aying as if you had searched for aying.