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Advanced Keyword Search Tips



  • Multiple Words

When searching multiple words the system will automatically supply the Boolean "and" operator between each word; multiple words entered for the search will all occur somewhere in the retrieved records though not necessarily in the order entered. Both examples on the right will retrieve the same results.


university science department

university and science and department


  • Phrase Searches

Search for complete phrases by enclosing them in quotation marks. Words enclosed in double quotes will appear together in all results exactly as typed.


"university science department"


  • Wildcards
The asterisk ('*') matches up to five non-space characters, starting at the specified position in the word. For example, "inter*" will match "internal" and "internet", but will not match "international". The '*' wildcard may only appear after at least two characters.

The '*' wildcard may also be embedded in a search string. For example, "colo*r" would match both "color" and "colour". ? You may use a question mark ('?') to replace a single character anywhere within a word.


environment* polic*



  • Boolean Operators

Use AND or OR to specify multiple words in any field, any order. Use AND NOT to exclude words. Select the operator you wish to use from the selection list on the Advanced Search form.


stocks AND bonds
stocks OR bonds
stocks AND NOT bonds


(indian OR pacific) AND (ocean life AND NOT mamals)



  • Field Limits

Field limits may be specified by selecting a field limit from the selection list in the form above. These limits appear before the word or phrase to be searched. A field limit causes the system to search only the specified field for the specified word(s).


Field limit



Search only author fields


Search only title fields


Search only subject fields


Search only note fields





Millennium Web Catalog: help center, advanced keyword search tips. (n.d.). Retrieved March 22, 2019, from