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LibrarySearch Help

This guide provides information on the different ways you can use LibrarySearch to locate print and electronic resources.

LibrarySearch Overview

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.

Ways of searching

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.

LibrarySearch default search

You can limit your search to just the UO + Summit, which will search only the UO Library catalog and the 39 Summit library catalogs.LibrarySearch within UO Libraries and Summit

If you are only trying to find items at the UO, you can limit your search to UO Libraries. 

LibrarySearch within UO Libraries

Choose the "Course Reserves" scope if you are looking for materials your instructor has placed on reserve for your class.

Screenshot of LibrarySearch homepage of how to select "Course Reserves"

Choose the articles scope if you only want to search for articles available through LibrarySearch.

LibrarySearch for articles

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Search Tips

Use Quotation Marks:

To search for an exact phrase put quotations marks around the first and last words of the phrase. For example: "Japanese popular culture."  This will give you results that only include items with that exact phrase.

LibrarySearch exact phrase searching

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

LibrarySearch using the Boolean operator AND

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.

LibrarySearch with Boolean operator OR

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.

LibrarySearch with Boolean operator NOT

? - 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.

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