Library Catalog Search
Using the Library Catalog
General Search Hints
LAMP is not case sensitive. Searches may be entered in UPPERCASE, lower
case, or Mixed Case.
When used as the first word of a title, English language articles, "a", "an",
and "the", are disregarded by LAMP. For example, "The New
Yorker" is searched as "New Yorker." For all other languages,
omit initial articles from your search EXCEPT for places and some other
proper names. For example, for the Latin American country use "El
Salvador" not just "Salvador"; for the French architect
use "Le Corbusier".
LAMP automatically converts the ampersand (&) to the spelled out word "and".
Apostrophes are ignored. For example, O'Hara will be searched for as
if it were spelled OHara. LAMP automatically replaces most other
marks by spaces when doing a search.
Use this type of search if you are looking for a book or video ABOUT something
or someone (examples: a book about Washington, George, or a book about Zen Buddhism,
or a video about Dance).
Use this type of search if you know the title of your book or
(examples: "Stranger in a Strange Land' - or - "Moll Flanders").
Use this type of search if you know who wrote the book(s) you need, or who directed,
produced or starred in the video you need (examples: "King, Stephen" or "Twain,
Select this button to perform a keyword search.
Use this type of search if you can only remember one of the author's names, and
only some of the words of the title (Example: author=King title=werewolf will
find the book "Cycle of the Werewolf").
Use this type of search if you know what Library of Congress call
number is on the book you need
(example: PS3561 I483 C9 1985).
Use this type of search if you want to see if the LLRC has any issues
of a MAGAZINE or JOURNAL or NEWSPAPER you need. You do NOT find the actual articles
here. If you are looking for articles from a magazine, journal or newspaper,
choose Electronic Resources on the LAMP home page.
Use this type of search if your instructor has told you that s/he has put materials "on
RESERVE" in the Library - You can find them by the INSTRUCTOR'S
NAME or by the COURSE NAME.
the asterisk "*" at the end of a search word
or string of letters to find all words beginning
with these same letters. For example, child*
will retrieve child, childhood, children, child's,
etc. Truncation within a word is not available.
searching by TITLE results may be limited using the
exact match symbol, the vertical bar "|" (usually
located on the backslash \ key). For instance, input "time|" to
retrieve only the entries for "time" and
not "time management," etc. Likewise, input "cat|" to
retrieve items about the animal and not items such
as catalyst, catcher, or cathedral. Searches in the
other LAMP indexes automatically truncate and retrieve
all matches which begin with the characters you input.
Limiting Your Search Results
retrieve more exact results from your search,
try the LIMIT feature. After executing a search,
click on LIMIT THIS SEARCH (top & bottom
of the screen) to bring up a search form with
the available limiting options. You may limit
your search results by material type such as
periodical, music score, or videocassette; by
year or range of years of publication; by language;
by selected library locations; or, by Words in
the Author, Title, or Subject. Be aware that
limiting by language will retrieve both materials
in the language you specify and materials translated
from that language (and many of these are in
in the box for the category/categories you want to
limit by. If the box includes an arrow click on the
arrow to see the possible choices, then highlight and
click on your choice. You may enter any or all of the
limit criteria. To execute the limit, click on the
bar that says "Limit/sort items retrieved using
doing a keyword search, words can be combined
using logical connectors ("Boolean operators").
The available Boolean operators are:
Use AND to request records that contain both words. Using AND has the
effect of narrowing the search. When two terms are entered without any
Boolean operator, LAMP automatically does a phrase search.. For example,
if "federal government" is entered as a word search, LAMP would
search for the phrase "federal government." You would get different
search results if you searched "federal" AND "government."
Use OR to request records that contain either word. Using OR has the
effect of expanding the search and tends to retrieve more records. For
example, if "dogs or cats" is entered as a word search, LAMP
would search for either "dogs" OR "cats" in the keyword
Use NOT before a word or before a phrase enclosed in parentheses to exclude
the word or parenthetical expression in keyword indexed fields. The Boolean
operator NOT (or NO) applies only to the word or parenthetical expression
which immediately follows it.
To exclude more than one word or parenthetical expression, either use
parentheses or key NOT before each word to be excluded. For example,
if "chess not (checkers or backgammon)" is entered as a word
search, LAMP would search for only those records that include "chess" but
exclude "checkers" and "backgammon" in the keyword
indexed fields. This example could also be entered as "chess not
checkers not backgammon".
from a title may be combined with the author's
name in a search. This is particularly useful
if you are not certain of the full title
or if the author (for example, Mark Twain)
has written a great many works.
portionType the Name of the person, organization,
or conference; for example,PERSON (last name first)
--> Twain, Mark OR Twain, MORGANIZATION as author
--> California Legislature --> General MotorsCONFERENCE
as author --> Conference on Chemistry
portion Type as many or as few of the words in
the title as you want and in any word order; for
adventures of Tom Sawyer
Adapted from San Diego State University
review report on the Bilingual Education Program
education program report
of the photoexcited organic molecule; proceedings