Advanced Search is a great way to search a known title, author, or a specific collection of materials. From the UC Library Search page, you can select the Advanced Search link to the right of the search box. Advanced Search allows you to search the following specific collections, also called scopes, including:
Select the appropriate radio button of the collection you want to search, use the various drop down menus to search specific fields, and add the title, author, subject, or keyword to search. Please note you can focus in on a certain format, language, and time frame as well.
In this example, the search is for a known book so the researcher is telling UC Library Search to search the Library Catalog scope, the Title field, the Author field, and the Material Type so that the search retrieves this specific book; the user is NOT interested in critiques, book reviews, movies, or any other material that contains the words in the title since the Simple Search would search the title as keywords. Only one result is returned, and it's the exact book the user was searching for.
Comparatively, below are the search results when the title is searched as keywords in a Simple Search. While the desired book is toward the top of the results list, the search retrieved almost 281,000 results.
As mentioned above, Advanced Search allows you to search specific collections in UC Library Search, also called scopes.
In addition UC LIbrary Search's Simple and Advanced Search modes, users can also use the menu at the top of the UC Library Search page to access:
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