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    Type the keyword you want to find. For example:

    • design
    • bleachers grisham
    Search Tips
    Wildcards Words may be right-hand truncated using an asterisk ('*') in place of other characters. The '*' wildcard may also be embedded in a search string. You may use '?' to replace a single character anywhere within a word.
    Examples : environment* polic*, wom?n
    Boolean Operators Use "and" or "or" to specify multiple words in any field, any order. Use "and not" to exclude words.
    Example : stocks and bonds
    Example : (alaska or canada) and (adventure and not vacation)
    Field limits A field limit causes the system to search only the specified field for the specified word(s).
    Grouping Keyword search results are usually grouped by relevance to bring the most likely titles to the top of the list. Each group represents a similar level of relevance and results are sorted within the group by date or title. To get an ungrouped result set, use boolean operators to form a complex query.

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    Advanced Keyword Search Tips

    Multiple Words

    When searching multiple words the system will automatically supply the Boolean "and" operator between each word; multiple words entered for the search will all occur somewhere in the retrieved records though not necessarily in the order entered. Both examples on the right will retrieve the same results.

    Phrase Searches

    Search for complete phrases by enclosing them in quotation marks. Words enclosed in double quotes will appear together in all results exactly as typed.

    Examples

    A phrase Search:
    "university science department"

    Wildcards

    *   Matches any number of non-space characters, starting at the specified position in the word. For example, "comput*" will match all words that begin with "comput" (e.g., "computer", "computation", etc.).
    The '*' wildcard may also be embedded in a search string.

    ?   You may use a question mark ('?') to replace a single character anywhere within a word.

    Examples

    * Wildcard:
    environment* polic*
    comp*

    ? Wildcard:
    wom?n

    Boolean Operators

    Use AND or OR to specify multiple words in any field, any order. Use AND NOT to exclude words. Select the operator you wish to use from the selection list on the Advanced Search form.

    Examples

    Using Boolean operators:
    stocks and bonds
    stocks or bonds
    stocks and not bonds

    Field Limits

    Field limits may be specified by selecting a field limit from the selection list. These limits appear before the word or phrase to be searched. A field limit causes the system to search only the specified field for the specified word(s).

    Field Limits and their meanings:

    • Author: Search only author fields
    • Title: Search only title fields
    • Subject: Search only subject fields
    • Note: Search only note fields
    • Subject: Search only subject fields

    Grouping

    Keyword search results are usually grouped by relevance to bring the most likely titles to the top of the list. Each group represents a similar level of relevance and results are sorted within the group by date or title. To get an ungrouped result set, use boolean operators to form a complex query.

    Most relevant Most relevant titles 

    Highly relevant Highly relevant titles 

    Very relevant Very relevant titles 

    Relevant Relevant titles 

    Other relevant Other relevant titles 

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    Saving your searches

    If you have a favorite author or subject for which you often search when using the catalog, you can save the search with the click of a button. This will prevent you from having to key in the search each time and let you place reserves on new materials quicker.

    How to:

    1. Log in to your My Millennium Account.
    2. Click on the "New Search" button.
    3. Search for your favorite author, subject, title, etc. or create an advanced keyword search including limits to material type, language, publication year, etc..
    4. When your results are displayed, click the button marked "Save as preferred search".
    5. The next time that you log in to your My Millennium Account, you can click the "Preferred Searches" button to see a list of your saved searches.
    6. Click on the search link associated with any of the preferred search terms in the list to quickly execute your search.
    7. You can be alerted of new materials added to the library collection which match your searches. Just check the "Mark for Email" box and be sure that your patron record information includes your current email address.

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    Renewals

    Library cardholders may renew their own materials online. All material may be renewed except for magazines and materials with reserves.

    How to:

    1. Log in to your My Millennium Account.
    2. If not the default view click the "Items currently checked out" link to view the materials you have checked out.
    3. Select the materials you want to renew by checking the boxes in the RENEW column and then click the Renew Selected button. If you want to renew everything, click the Renew ALL button.
    4. If you cannot renew items, a message will appear on the screen. If you are successful, a new due date will appear in the "STATUS" column. Always check the STATUS column for information on the success or failure of your renewal.

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