Website and Catalog Tip of the Week #19: Using Advanced Search

We’ve talked about the Search Bar. We’ve talked about faceting your search after you’ve used the Search Bar. But what if you already know all the deets about what it is you’re looking for and want as narrow a search as possible on the first attempt? Well, then you want to pass Go and go straight to the Advanced Search page.

screenshot of the search bar with an arrow pointing to the advanced search linkThe Library’s Advanced Search page is just like most: lots and lots of options to get you the closest to your answer as you can possibly get. Found right below the Search Bar, you can get to the Advanced Search from anywhere on the website (the header is always available for you, even if you have to expand it). If you get there and you’re not quite sure what to do with it, there is a very thorough tutorial and FAQs about Advanced Search and Boolean Searching on the right sidebar of the Advanced Search page.

Much like the search faceting discussed in an earlier tip, Advanced Search lets you narrow down many different things; but this time, you get to do it first and all at once. There are several ways to narrow your search results:

  • Through free typing in the search bar with or without catalog taxonomy
  • Using Boolean search queries
  • By selecting from the drop-down lists and choosing one or more option
  • By entering date ranges and reading levels
  • By choosing one or more (or no) options in the format/medium list
Screenshot of the format options in advanced search
Seriously, just checking a few of these alone would get you really close to what you need, if we have it.

 

Once you have used those pieces to visualize what you really want, the search button does the rest.  

And even then, if you still need to narrow your results more, you'll have those faceting tools on the left side of your search results.

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What do you want to know? Any tips you’d like to share? Let us know in the comments what you’d like to see in future installments!

And if you haven’t, check out our previous tips of the week!