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Library Catalog: Advanced Search Tips

A guide for the library catalog designed and created by Clark Librarians

Clark Libraries Catalog Advanced Search

You can conduct a global search in the Clark College Libraries Catalog more effectively by combining it with the Advanced Search option.

From the Clark College Libraries homepage, click on the Advanced Search hyperlink under the search box.

Advanced Search Option on Homepage


You can also select Advanced Search from the library catalog Basic Search page

Advanced Search

Advanced Search Tips

Limit your search results before and after hitting the Search button:

with Advanced Search options and terms (think Boolean search terms & truncation)
Advanced Search Example of Search Words, Truncation and Boolean Terms
with Refine My Results options on the left of your screen. Select Show More to view all limits under each category
Limit results under Refine My Results using resource type and subject

Advanced Search Tips Explanation

  • In the Advanced Search screen of the Library Catalog, select the Clark + Summit + articles (global) search scope from the Search In drop-down menu.  Then enter your search terms.  

  • Focus your search upfront by indicating, whether your keyword should be in the subject category rather than Any field of the resource.  

  • To retrieve words with the same root but different endings, use the asterisk symbol after the root of the word.  For example Pet* will include "pet", “pets”, etc.

  • Use Boolean operators (logical terms that define search criteria = AND, OR, NOT in capital letters) to get results for specific search combinations.

    Boolean Search Strategy Example
    pets OR animals
    (type OR in the first search box)
    children AND therapy
    (use AND from the drop-down menu next to the first and second search boxes).

    Search results will contain one of the following combinations:

    animals AND children AND therapy or
    pets AND children AND therapy

Refine My Results Options

  • Resource Type (book, eBook, journal, article, video...)

  • Date

  • Subject

  • Other (Author/Creator, ...)

Show More hyperlink includes full list of options for a specific search filter.


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