A simple search will look for the search term anywhere in the record. This provides maximum flexibility in searching. The simple search box appears on the SearchWorks start page and in the red banner at the top of each page in SearchWorks, except the Advanced Search page.
On the SearchWorks Start Page
On Every Search Results Page
- Enter keywords into the simple search box to retrieve results where matching terms are located in any field.
- All terms are automatically ANDed -- there is no need to use the Boolean AND when searching. See Queries with Boolean Operators for more information.
- By default, results are ordered by relevance, meaning the highest ranked records are those with the mininum number of matching ("minimum must match") terms in a field.
- Example: wall street journal - Results with "The Wall Street journal" in the title field will appear at the top of the search results. The bottom of the search results will be catalog records where "wall," "street" or "journal" can appear in any field (i.e. publisher, notes, subjects).
- See relevancy in How Searching Works for more information on relavancy ranking.
- See sorting results in Managing Results for more information.
- Results will include plural/singular forms, common suffix and tense variations of your search terms.
- To exclude a term, use the minus "-" sign or "NOT".
- Example: bass -fish ; bass NOT fish will retrieve all records with the term "bass" and not the terms "fish" or "fishing."
Phrase searching can reduce the amount of results retrieved from a keyword search. SearchWorks will treat quotation marks surrounding two or more words as one search term or a "phrase." Quotation marks only work in simple search.
- Example - "William Shakespeare" is considered one term. Only catalog records with the exact phrase "William Shakespeare" will be retrieved.
- Example - "climate change" is considered one term. Automatic word stemming still applies to each word. Records with the exact phrase "climate change" will be ranked the highest. Records with the phrase "climatic change" will also be retrieved but ranked lower in the results.
- Example - "William Shakespeare" Hamlet as the search query. Term 1 is William Shakespeare, term 2 is Hamlet. SearchWorks will retrieve records where "William Shakespeare" appears as a phrase and Hamlet appears anywhere in the record. Records with term 1 and term 2 in the same field will be ranked the highest.
Targeting Your Search
Target certain fields for SearchWorks to search by clicking on the downward arrow to display the drop-down menu and selecting an index.