Suppose a friend recommends the book Holiness by Henry Blackaby. You want to know if the DBU Library has the book so you can check it out. You type <holiness> into the basic search box, but you get way too many results! Even when you limit the search to books only, you still have over 2,000 hits! What you need is a way to search for the title and the author simultaneously. That's when the Advanced Search can really help.
1. Click on the Advanced Search link—it's right underneath the basic search box.
2. Type <holiness> in the box next to "Title."
3. Type <blackaby> in the box next to "Author."
4. To save time, choose "Book" in the "Format" menu.
5. Click Search.
Instead of 2,000 results, now you get only one—the right one. Remember to click on the title to see if it's available.
Other limitations are available as well. Use the drop-down lists next to the blank boxes to search for Keywords, Titles, Authors, Journal Titles, and Subjects, as well as ISBNs (International Standard Book Numbers) and other designations. Under the "Narrow your search" bar, you can choose a range of publication years, the audience (juvenile or not), different types of content like fiction, non-fiction, and biography, and various formats and languages.
You can combine these options in a variety of ways. For example, if you know that Henry Blackaby wrote some books in partnership with Claude King, you can change the Keyword box to show "Author" then type <blackaby> in that box and <king> in the other Author box. The combinations are practically endless!
If you need help using Advanced Search or any aspect of the Library Catalog, please feel free to contact us. We're here to help you!