What am I searching?
- When you select Keyword anywhere under the search box (the default option)
- For textual formats (books, periodicals, theses, typewritten manuscripts) you are searching all data, including both the full text (every word on every page) and the metadata (bibliographic data such as title, author, date of publication, etc.)
- For audio and video recordings accompanied by a textual transcript, you are searching both the full text and the metadata
- For other audiovisual formats (audio or video without a transcript, photographs, postcards, maps, handwritten manuscripts) you are searching only the metadata
- When you select Title you are searching only the title field of each item, regardless of format
- When you select Author you are searching only the author name field of each item, regardless of format
Use double quotation marks for exact phrases. Two-word phrases are fastest.
Longer phrases are also possible, though they’re not as fast.
"sermon on the mount"
Search for items containing all of the specified words:
"new testament" apocrypha
ANDreturns identical results:
revelation AND apocalypse
"new testament" AND apocrypha
Search for items containing any of the specified words:
covenant OR promise
"king james" OR authorized
-(minus sign) to exclude words:
(finds items containing
missionsand not containing
title:to search only within titles,
name:to search only within author names, or no prefix to search the full text. Combine prefixes to search different fields simultaneously:
(finds items where the full text contains
jeromeand the title contains
(finds items where the title contains
psalmsand the author name contains
Combine the techniques above to compose arbitrarily complex queries, using parentheses as needed:
("old testament" OR "hebrew bible") AND (prophecy OR prophet)
- With the exception of
OR, which must be entered in all capital letters, the search engine ignores case. Capitalizing proper names is harmless but unnecessary.
- The search engine ignores diacritic marks in search keywords. For example,
Zöcklerreturns the same results as searching for
- The search engine also ignores punctuation characters.
- The search engine utilizes stemming, meaning that other forms of the word
are considered a match. For example, searching for the word
justifyreturns items containing
justifying. The noun form
justificationis not considered a match.