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Library: Search for Books, etc.

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Search Commands . . . To Be More Specific

  • au: author, e.g. au: c.s. lewis
  • ti: title, e.g. ti: romeo and juliet
  • su: subject search for books entirely devoted to the topic
  • kw: keyword search for books with a chapter on the topic
    • su: calvin AND kw: institutes
  • lc: library call number, e.g. lc: DT*
  • pb: publisher, e.g. pb: oxford press
  • isbn: search with or without hyphens
  • mt: main target audience, e.g. mt: juv [for juvenile/children's books]

More Search Tips

  • truncation *  e.g.:religio* [finds religion, religious, religiosity]
  • AND finds both, e.g. religion AND teens
  • OR finds either, e.g. teens OR youth
  • Combine AND & OR, using parentheses
    •  (religio* OR faith) AND (teen* OR youth)
    •  (su: religio* OR faith) AND (su: youth OR teen*)
    • kw: calvin AND (jean OR john)
  • Phrase searching: ti: "crime and punishment"
  • NOT excludes, e.g. NOT (mt: juvenile OR su: fiction) [excludes children's books and fiction]

Peter Turkstra Library,  Redeemer University College , 777 Garner Road East, Ancaster, ON, L9K 1J4, Canada
Circulation Desk Telephone: 905.648.2139 ext. 4266, Email:   library@redeemer.ca