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​UO LibrarySearch Help

Performing a Basic Search

You can use a basic search to find items by keyword, title, subject or author. The default option is to search by keyword.


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


Basic search tips:

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.

You can use these words to narrow or broaden your search in LibrarySearch: AND, OR, NOT (Be sure to use ALL CAPS).

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.

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.

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.