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Ancient Jewish Art and Archaeology

LibrarySearch offers a streamlined interface for finding books and other media that combines the collections of UO Libraries and Summit libraries.

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Getting Started with Library Research

Searching databases can be tricky. Here are some tips to help you think about ways to structure your searches to find more relevant results. Contact your librarian to get additional help or to see how these tricks can be used.

Limit your search to get fewer results:

  • Put phrases in quotations. For example, search "Mona Lisa" or "Art Nouveau" using quotation marks to keep those words next to each other.
  • Use the Advanced Search feature in databases to make it easier to do multiple word searches, and to use AND/NOT operators.
  • Putting AND between words makes sure your results include all of your key words.
  • Putting NOT between words makes it so that you do not get results with words you do not want.
  • Use filters. Most databases have filters or facets to the side of the results. Use these to narrow by date, result type, language, and subject.

Expand your search to get more results:

  • Putting an asterisk (*) in place of a word ending will get more results. For example, "build*" will bring up results that include build(s), building(s), builder(s).
  • Use OR in the search box for synonyms or related words. For example, church OR abbey, will get results with either of those words.
  • Spell check! Most databases do not spell check. If you are not getting enough results, or if your results seem off, make sure the search terms are spelled correctly.

Borrowing from Other Libraries

You have the option to borrow material outside of the University of Oregon through two services: Summit and Interlibrary Loan (ILL). 


Summit is usually the fastest way to get it from another library. This allows you to borrow material from participating institutions in the Orbis Cascade Alliance.

When you conduct a search in LibrarySearch and log in with your DuckID, you will see the option to "Place Summit Request" for available material. Simply click that link and choose your preferred delivery location. When the book arrives, you will be notified via email to pick it up on campus.

Interlibrary Loan (ILL)

If an item is not available at UO or through Summit, use Interlibrary Loan (ILL). This allows you to borrow material from institutions across the country and, in some rare cases, abroad.

To manually submit an ILL request, use the Interlibrary Loan form.

From the menu along the right, click on the applicable form under Interlibrary Services. Fill out the form and click "Submit Request." Once the item is available, you will be notified via email.