How to Search the Online Catalog
The Classic Catalog can accessed from any computer on campus or from off campus at http://catalog.umd.edu.
General Search Tips
DO NOT use initial articles a, an, the, and their foreign equivalents.
You may use lower- or upper-case letters (case does not matter).
You may use the Boolean operators AND, OR and NOT in your search string. For example, you could type "(heart or cardiac) and surgery" to retrieve all records having heart or cardiac in them, together with the word surgery.
Parentheses can be used to ensure that relationships among terms are correctly specified.
Use the ? character to find matches that contain portions of words. For example, gun? will retrieve gun, guns, gunners, gunnery, gunning, etc.
Basic Search Options
Pull down the search option menu to select search type. You can search by word/s anywhere (keywords), authors, titles, subjects and call numbers. The basic search does not allow you to limit your search results.
“Word/s anywhere" searching retrieves words from the title, subject headings, or other parts of the record for the book.
“Title beginning with...” searching allows the searcher to enter the first word/s of a title and browse the list of titles alphabetically.
"Title word/s" searching retrieves any word/s from the title.
“Author beginning with...” searching allows the searcher to enter the first word/s of an author and browse the list of authors alphabetically.
"Author word/s"searches for persons or organizations that appear as authors or editors of books.
“Subject beginning with...” searching allows the searcher to enter the first word/s of a subject heading and browse the list of subject headings alphabetically.
"Subject word/s" searching retrieves any word/s from the subject heading.
If you have logged in using your barcode and last name, you must click the End Session link in the top navigation row to end the current session and clear your account information from the computer you are using. The End Session link will end the connection to the Catalog and unsaved searches will not be saved.
Advanced Search Options
The Advanced Search option allow you to search more than one field at a time. You may also limit your searches on the Advanced Search screen.
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