If you're unsure of how a word is spelled, you can still search for it using wildcards or shortened search words. If you're getting too many results, try using Limiters.
In a keyword or Power search, if you're not sure how a word is spelled, you can use wildcards.
A question mark ( ? ) replaces a single letter within a word.
Example:A search on wom?n finds both "woman" and "women."
An asterisk ( * ) replaces any number of characters at the end of a word.
Example:A search on teach* finds "teach," "teacher," "teaches," and "teaching."
Note:The * cannot be used as the first or second character of a word, nor can there be any letters after it.
Shortened search terms
In searches that don't involve keywords, if you're not sure how to spell a word, enter as much as you know. You can then scroll through your search results to locate the one you want.
Example:To search for the subject astronomy, type astro.
Example:To search for titles by Robert Cormier, type corm.
Example:To search for titles in the Little House on the Prairie series, type little h.
NOTE:To use limiters, your browser must be set up to accept cookies. Limiters are not applied when you search by call number or category.
During your search session, you can use limiters to focus your search. Use the following information to set your search limits. When you're ready to start seaching, click OK.
Publishing Year : To find titles that were published in a particular year or range of years, limit your search by publishing year. Choose Select and type the beginning and ending years in the From and To text boxes.
EXAMPLE: To limit your search to titles that were published since 1990, type1990 in the From text box. The current year automatically fills the To text box.
Reading Level : Reading levels range from preschool (0.1) through college (20.0). To find titles that aren't too easy or too difficult for you to read, limit your search by reading level. Choose Select and pick your reading level range in the From and To drop-down lists. If you like, you can type the numbers (up to 20.0) in the text boxes.
EXAMPLE:To limit your search to titles that a third grader should be able to read, limit your reading level from 3.0 to 3.9.
Interest Level : Interest levels show the target audience for a title, from preschool through professional. To find titles that might interest someone your age, limit your search by interest level. Choose Select and pick your interest level range in the From and To drop-down lists.
EXAMPLE: To limit your search to titles that might interest a fifth grader, limit your interest level from 3-6 to 5-8.
Material Types : Material types tell you what an item is (e.g., book, magazine, videotape, map, etc.). To find titles that include only certain types of materials, limit your search by material type. Select or clear the material type check boxes so that only the ones you want to include are checked.
EXAMPLE: To limit your search to movies, newspapers, and magazines, limit your material types to films and serials.
If you're searching a union catalog, you can search all libraries, a grouping of libraries, or a single library by choosing from the list.