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Answered By: Lorraine Falconer
Last Updated: Feb 22, 2017     Views: 92

The default search, Keyword, is the  broadest search.

  • It's good when you're not sure of the exact title or author, or you are starting to explore a topic.
  • It finds all your search words in the description of each item, but not necessarily in the same order. As well as in the title, they might be found in subjects, book summaries or tables of contents, so at first glance your search results might seem irrelevant, especially if you use only a couple of keywords. 


If you get too many results which aren't relevant try: 

  • adding more words to your search - watch or print Search Faster Search Smarter to find out about getting good search results with the right keywords.
  • phrase searching 
  • Advanced Search - it guides you to do a more specific search than keyword, eg, a keyword search of book and journal titles only.
  • find one relevant book in your results, then click its Subject headings to search for more works with that specific subject.
  • select a more specific search (title, author, journal, etc) from the Search type or Search by... dropdowns.

Phrase searching can give you more relevant results. Words enclosed in double quotes will appear together in all results exactly in the order typed and so the search results will be more relevant, eg:

If you can't find a specific title you want : read I can't find a book I need...