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Searching Tips:

1.    Do not include the “A,” “An,” or “The” from the beginning of a title when searching by title (ex: do not search for “the Iliad”; instead, search for “Iliad”)

2.    Do not include terms from the title and subtitle when searching, only one or the other (ex: do not search for “Grace: the glorious theme”; instead search for “Grace” or “the glorious theme”)

3.    The last name does not need to be first when searching by author if doing a Find All Words or Find Any Words search, but because some authors do not use their full first names, the best way to search for an author is to do a Match Phrase search by their last name and the first initial of their first name (ex: “Lewis, C” instead of “Lewis, C.”, “Lewis, C. S.”, or “Lewis, Clive Staples”). Unfortunately, when doing a Match Phrase search, you cannot be doing a combination search with another field (ex: the search will not work if you are searching both author and title fields while one of them is marked for Match Phrase).

4.    Words do not need to be fully spelled to be found (ex: a title search for “lio witc wardr” will find “Lion, the witch, and the wardrobe”)—unless you are doing a Match Phrase search or if you select the (Whole Word Match) check-box.

5.    Words may be put out of order (ex: if you want “systematic theology” you can search for “theology systematic”)—unless you are doing a Match Phrase search

6.    Words that would fall between the other search words may be left out (ex: if you want “introduction to the New Testament”, you can search for “introduction New Testament”)—unless you are doing a Match Phrase search

7.    Capitalizing is not required for the search terms

8.    If doing a subject search, search for one-word subject terms whenever possible in order to get the best results (ex: search for “Persia” not “Persian Empire”)

9.    The call number is not useful for searching unless you already know how it is entered in our system. It is included mostly so that the search results include that information

10.                       The Resource Type Description field can be used to narrow your search results to certain types of resources (ex: if you only wish to find eBooks, put “Books (eBook Collection)” in this field. Here are the Resource Types: Audio-Visual Resources, Books (Main Collection), Books (Rare Collection), Books (eBook Collection), Books (eAudioBook Collection), Books (Juvenile Collection), Books & Manipulatives (Teacher’s Aid Collection), Cassette Tapes, CDs, DVDs, Illustrated Lessons, LPs