Help for CSULA Library Catalog - Advanced Search

Library Catalog - Advanced Search Help

Search all Library collections by Keyword/Subject, Title, Author, Library of Congress Heading or Call Number.Search multiple words/phrases with limiters.Locate print and online periodicals (journals, magazines and newspapers) Locate course materials on reserve at the Loan DeskSearch Help
Search multiple words/phrases with limiters for:
Books
books, Videos, Films videos, Sound Recondings sound recordings, Music Scores music scores, Computer Files computer files, 
E-Books eBooks, Microforms microforms, Periodicals periodicals, etc. 


  Learn about call numbers and locating materials.
  Learn about the Library of Congress (LC)Dewey Decimal , Government Documents,
      Sound Recordings and CSULA Thesis call number systems.

  SEARCH EXAMPLES:  Adjacency  | Operators  | Proximity  | Truncation
  LIMITERS:  Language  |  Sort  |  Material Type  |  Collection Type  |  Year

Search Method Input Search Terms and Search Examples
KEY PHRASE
  Adjacency
search exampleMultiple words are searched together as one phrase.

Example 1: United States Supreme Court
 Word/Phrase          Search Method   
   Subject & keyword Search

Example 2: domestic violence

           Word/Phrase         Search Method    
                Subject & keyword Search

KEYWORD(S)
  Operators

and
or
and not
search example Use "and" to search multiple concepts simultaneously

search exampleUse "or" to combine words with similar meaning

     domestic violence AND children OR baby OR infant
                   Find:      Subject & keyword Search
               Subject & keyword Search
              Subject & keyword Search

Use "and not" to exclude words. For example:
mexico AND NOT new mexico
          Find:     Subject & keyword Search
    Subject & keyword Search
KEYWORD(S)
  Proximity

near
within 1
within 3
within 10
search example Use "near" to specify words close to each other, in any order. For example:
california NEAR university
         Find:       Subject & keyword Search
      Subject & keyword Search

search example Use "within #" to specify terms which occur within # words of each other in the record. For example:
america WITHIN 3 economy
         Find:      Subject & keyword Search
     Subject & keyword Search
KEYWORD(S)
  Truncation

*
**
search example Words may be right-hand truncated using an asterisk. 
search exampleUse a single asterisk * to truncate from 1-5 characters.
search exampleUse a double asterisk ** for open-ended truncation. For example:
Single asterisk *
  Subject & keyword Search
Double asterisk **

   Subject & keyword Search
KEYWORD(S)
 Search Methods

Keyword/Subject
Title
Author
LC Heading
Notes
search example Specify methods to search, using the abbreviation. Methods available for this database are Keyword, Title, Author, LC Heading, and Notes.
Search for Title
  search example
Search for Author (last name, first name)
  search example
Search for LC Heading

    search example
    search example
Limiters
Limiter Explanation Examples
Language:

English
French
German
Spanish
Chinese
To limit your search results to material published in one of these 5 languages. Set the pulldown menu to the desired language, or leave at ANY for material in all languages. languages
Any
English
French
German
languages
Chinese
Sort By:

Date
Alphabetically
Relevance
To sort your search results by date, alphabetically or by relevance, click on the pulldown menu, and select one of your choice. The system is set to default to sorting by date with the most recent material listed first.

Sorting by Relevance: The title is considered most relevant followed by author, LC Heading, and notes. The relevancy of each record is indicated by a to 5 stars display.

sort by: date, alphabetical, relevance
Date

relevance
Material Type:

Any
Printed Material
Videos, Films 
Music Scores
Sound Recordings
Computer Files eBooks
To limit your search results to one of these 5 material types, set the pulldown menu to the material type or click on a graphic icon next to the pulldown menu,  or leave at ANY for all material types. sort by types
Any
Printed Material

Music Scores
Sound Recordings
Computer Files
eBooks
Collection:
Any
Circulating
Circ. oversized
CSLA Thesis
Government
Children's Books
Microform
Periodicals Reference
Reserves
Special
To limit your search results to one of these 11 collections, set the pulldown menu to the desired collection, or leave at ANY for all collections.  location
Any
showing locations
Circ. Oversized
CSLA Thesis
Government
Children's Books
Microform
Periodicals
Reference
Reserves
Special
Year:

After
Before
You can limit your search results by year of publication. For example: After    Before
search example
After