The library catalog and databases work differently than search engines like Google and Bing.
They won't correct spelling errors. They don't respond well to long search phrases because they do not search the full text of a website. Follow the tips on this page to get the best results from our library tools.
Short But Sweet
Truncation (aka wildcards)
Video created by Lexy Spry & Emily Wixson, Chemistry Library, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2008.
Time Saving Tip
Here are bonus tips that will help you use Boolean Operators to make a search for sources more effective:
To find a print book, first identify the correct section of the library by checking the location of the book. Most books are in the "Main Collection" which is on the 3rd floor.
Reading LC Call Numbers
If you are unable to locate the book or the book is missing, ask for help at the Circulation Desk.