If you know the exact title you're searching for, it's a good idea to search the title in quotation marks (as long as you're sure you have it right!).
When searching by author, search by "last name, first name" or "first name, last name."
By default, WorldCat Local automatically ANDS your terms and searches for records that contain all of the terms in your search. Boolean operators should always be entered in ALLCAPS.
|+||women + work + 20th century||
Records that contain the words women, work, and 20th century.
|AND||women AND work AND 20th century||
Same as the +; finds records that contain the words women, work, and 20th century.
|OR||nutrition OR "food science"||
Records that include the word nutrition OR the phrase "food science." The OR operator is used to expand your search results.
|NOT||paris NOT fashion||
Records that have the term "paris" but not "fashion". Used to exclude a term from your search results.
|-||paris - fashion||Same as NOT. Finds records that have the term "paris" but not "fashion".|
WorldCat Local does not automatically search for plurals or alternate endings. To make a search more comprehensive, truncate words using an *asterisk* . This technique allows you to find any word beginning with a designated root word.
By nesting, you can group like words together in a way that makes sense to the catalog.
Codes for Complex Searches in UW WorldCat
If you're up for it, you can take advantage of these codes when searching in WorldCat. These can be used directly in the WorldCat search box on our homepage.
Below are some of the more common codes with search examples. You can view a complete list here.
Name/Author-- au:twain mark
Title-- ti:adventures of huckleberry finn
Keyword --kw:water buffalo
Library of Congress Subject Heading -- hl:washington state
Subject -- su:washington state [this search yields more results than "hl: washington state"]
Year -- yr:1957
Language -- ln:french
Format/Document Type -- dt:[Use the following codes for types of formats]:
bks -- books
ser -- journal, magazine titles
com -- computer files/interactive multimedia
map -- maps
rec -- sound recordings, music cd's
sco -- musical scores
vis -- visual materials, movies, etc
ISBN -- bn: [use the ten or thirteen digit ISBN here]
ISSN -- issn: [enter the eight digit ISSN here]
Publisher -- pb: Farrar Straus Giroux
Publisher Location -- pl: London
Geographic Coverage -- gc: senegal