Q. How do I broaden a keyword search in the Library Catalog?


  • Click on the "Modify Search" button at the top of the search results page to broaden your search. The "Modify Search" button will retain your search values while redirecting you to the Advanced Search page.
  • On the Advanced Search page, the pull down boxes to the right of the search boxes allow you to combine terms with "And", "Or", and "Not." To broaden your search, choose "Or." "Or" will search for items that contain at least one of your search terms. For example: cats or dogs would find items for cats, dogs, and cats and dogs.
  • A "wildcard" is a symbol used to stand in for other characters. The asterisk (*) matches any number of characters. Searching for "therap*" will find "therapeutic", "therapies", "therapist", "therapy", etc. You must type at least two charactes before the asterisk.
  • Question Mark (?) - Stands for one letter anywhere in a word. Searching for "wom?n" will find "woman" and "women."


  • Last Updated Dec 03, 2018
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