Use of "AND" and "OR": Use of "AND" combines two important concepts. Using "OR" brings up items containing either of the search terms.
1. To find fewer: narrow the search with “AND” 2. To find more: broaden the search with “OR”
Example keyword searches:
Modern AND dance*
“Martha Graham" OR "modern danc*”
Keyword searching vs. subject searching: From the library's homepage, type any search term and you have a keyword search. This is helpful for certain words meaning very specific things. "Choreography" is an example of a keyword that is not used in other ways. "Dance" means dance, but it also appears in expressions that have nothing to do with dance: Some of the results include the word "dance" but are actually about non-dance topics (for example, the physics book Dance of the photons. A subject search for Dance eliminates such non-dance books from the search results.
The Meaning of * (Wildcard)
* picks up any character after the end of the typed-in term. Very useful for words with many variants. For example danc* brings up dance, dances, dancing, dancer, dancers, dancer's, dancers', and more variants that may be on a library items' descriptions.