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Wildcard Searching

You can use wildcard characters in UO LibrarySearch to find variations on your search terms. There are single and multiple character wildcards: 

Single character:

search with single wildcard

Use a question mark (?) for a single character wildcard search. For example, if you used the search term "wom?n", you will find records that contain the words "woman" and "women." 

Multiple character:

search box using multiple character wildcard

Use an asterisk (*) for a multiple character wildcard search. For example, if you used the search term "japan*," you will find records that contain the words "Japan," "Japanese," and so on. 

Note: A wildcard cannot be used at the beginning of a search term. The system will ignore the wildcard if you do so.

 

You can also use the $$ wildcard as a placeholder for no keyword if you'd like to browse materials of a particular type. To do this, go to advanced search and select a specific material type. This will give you a lot of results, but you can still filter them down using the facets on the side. For example, you could browse all the audio visual materials that are in a particular language.

advanced searching using  $$ wildcard

Note: This does not work for the UO Libraries Curriculum, Documents, Juvenile, Knight Reference, Music or Special Collections Search Scopes.