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Ancient Mediterranean 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.
Summit and Interlibrary Loan (ILL)


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

The Summit program allows us to share materials with participating college and university library partners throughout Oregon, Washington, and Idaho.

The Interlibrary Loan progam allows us to share materials with participating libraries around the world.


To request an item from another library


If an item is not available via UO Libraries, there may be an option to request it from other libraries.

Under the heading Request from other libraries, select Get a physical copy for a print item or Get a digital chapter or article for an electronic article or book chapter.

For physical items, set the pickup location to the branch of your choice. You will be notified by email when the item has arrived. 

For electronic articles/chapters, you will receive the item via email notification.


If our Summit/ILL team cannot borrow the item you want, contact your librarian.