This type of search is not very precise, but it can work well if you have a very unusual or specific topic. Use quotes to search for phrases. Simply type your keywords in the search box on the Library's home page.
In the next screen, you may customize your search and specify a little more clearly what you are searching for. For example:
jefferson and architecture (to find books on jefferson and architecture)
architecture or buildings (to find books about architecture or buildings)
jefferson not thomas (to find books about jeffersons other than thomas)
Finding a Specific Title
If you are looking for a specific title, try typing in a phrase from the title, like undaunted courage, and clicking Title in the Search By box.
Finding a Specific Author
If you are looking for a specific author, type in the author's last name and click on Author Browse under Search By.
Finding Books on a Specific Topic
If you are looking for materials on a certain topic, try combining your keywords using the words and, or, not, and selecting the Boolean option under Search By. Some examples:
In the Simple Search screen, you may also limit your search to a specific location; for example, if you only want to find items located in the Guides Library, under Limit By Location, scroll down and click on Guides Library.
In the first box labeled Search For, type in keyword(s) or a phrase you'd like to search for.
Click on the arrow in the drop-down box to the right. If you've entered:
one or more keywords that are all important, like slaves life Monticello, select the default all of these
several keywords that have similar meanings, like clocks watchestimepieces, select any of these
an exact phrase you'd like to find, as in peter jefferson, select as a phrase
In the Search In box on the far right, select what kind of information you are searching for: Author Name, Title, Subject, Publisher, etc. The default is Keyword Anywhere, which is the least specific kind of search.
If you have another concept or term to combine with the first one, enter it in the next row, repeating steps 2-4. Also select how you'd like to combine your different terms by selecting AND, OR, or NOT between rows. You may do this up to three times.
When you are done entering search terms, click Search.
You may save, email, or print any or all of the records you've found in your search.
If you are only interested in some of the results, click the check box next to those titles. You may do this on more than one page by clicking Retain Selected at the bottom of one page before moving on to the next one.
At the bottom of the page of your results (any page if there is more than one), choose which records you'd like to save/email/print: all of the records on the current page, only the records you've selected on the current page, or, all the records you've selected on all of the pages.
Select the record format you want the information to be in: Full Record, Brief Record, or MARC.
To print the records or save them to your hard drive, click the Print or Save button; this will take you to a screen where the plain text format of the records is displayed. Click on File > Save As in your browser to save the records to your hard drive, or use your browser's Print button to print the records.
If you want to email the selected records to yourself or someone else, type in the email address in the box and click Email Now.