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Additional help using the Library's General Search

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What is found in the General Search?

The UConn Library's General Search box enables you to access our books, electronic materials such as ejournals and ebooks, and Connecticut Digital Archive (CTDA) materials with one search.  Filters and facets narrow your results to suit your needs. UConn Worldcat is also linked within the search results, allowing direct requests to obtain materials from other libraries through Interlibrary Services.

In addition to the simple search box accessed from the homepage, the General Search also offers an advanced search option for more flexible and robust searches.


UConn-owned books & videos (Where's HOMER?)

How do I find books and videos owned by UConn?

To search for books (print/electronic), go to the library homepage, click Find, then General Search.

Then, select Books, Media, and More and enter your search terms.


When to use General Search?

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    Search Tips

    Double quotation marks link names and phrases:

    -- "P D James" rather than P D James
    -- "neil degrasse tyson" rather than neil degrasse tyson
    -- "once and future king" rather than once and future king

    Asterisk (*) permits truncations:

    -- lovecra* rather than lovecraft
    -- theat* rather than theater, theatre, theaters, theatres, theatric, theatrical, theatrics, etc.

    Question mark (?) permits character wildcard search:

    -- gr?y for gray or grey
    -- wom?n for woman or women

    Additional help with more search tips



    E-shelf allows you to save and organize items you find when searching in the General Search tool. To access e-Shelf, click the link at the top of the page.

    When you select the star icon for an item in your search results, the icon is highlighted and the item is added to the basket folder in e-Shelf.

    Note: if you are not signed in, your selected items are stored only temporarily.  Sign in to store items permanently.


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