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Dance: More Search Tips

Keyword or Subject Searching: which option to choose and why

Keyword searching vs. subject searching:  In the search box on the library's homepage, type any search term and you have a keyword search. But you may get results that surprise you!  The keyword search "dance" will bring up some results that include the word "dance" but are actually about non-dance topics (for example, the physics book Dance of the Photons, or The Dance of International Diplomacy). A subject search for Dance eliminates such non-dance books from the search results.

Smooth Operators: getting the most from search engines

Use of "AND" and "OR": Use of "AND" combines two important concepts. Using "OR" brings up items containing either of the search terms.

Note: If you put more than 1 word in the search box, the library catalog assumes the "AND" and will look for items that include all your terms.  Also, in our catalog, operators must be capitalized.

Examples:

1. To find fewer: narrow the search with “AND”  -  Modern AND dance*

2. To find more: broaden the search with “OR”  -  “Martha Graham" OR "modern danc*”

Using " " (Quotation marks)

Putting quotation marks around words tells the system you are looking for that phrase, not the individual words.  A search for "Martha Graham" will find the the phrase, whereas a search for the words Martha Graham will include results for (for example) Martha Franklin and Shirley Graham. It's a way of narrowing your search and getting more relevant 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 any other variant.