How to perform an advanced search for resources in the Online Catalog and understanding the results.
The advanced search page allows more control over the construction of your search as well as the indexes in which the search will be performed. Advanced searching is useful when you know an author's name or the title of a work. It is also helpful when you want to search for specific subjects or limit your results to a range of publication dates.
Access the Advance Search Screen from the library's homepage; the link is found under the Search Library Catalog button near the top of the page.
THE ADVANCED SEARCH INDEXES
Advance searching allows you to narrow your search to specific indexes to help limit your results. Indexes most often used, include:
You can use as many combinations as you like but remember that unlike a keyword search, here you are searching in specific indexes which may severely limit your results if you attempt to be too specific or use terms that are not found in the selected index.
On the right side of the screen are options for databases that will be searched, the default is set to the Luther Library Online Catalog but you may add or delete databases by placing or removing the checkmarks in front of each database listed. Remember to SAVE CHANGES.
Located beneath the Search Indexes, this allows you to limit your results further before performing the search.
SEARCH RESULTS SCREEN
The results screen will display all the records that contain your terms; the number of results is listed at the top of the page. You can limit your results further by using the options on the left side of the screen under Refine This Search.