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Library Search guide: Basic searching

Help with using Search, the Library's discovery platform

A Basic Search can be quick and allows you to limit the results. Use basic search if you don't have complex search criteria. 

  • In the search bar enter keywords that will help you locate what you are looking for: e.g. the title of a book, an author, the subject, or reference numbers such as ISSN, ISBN or Call Number. Then hit enter or click search button located to the righ of the search bar

image of the Library Search bar

  • You may filter search results using Refine my results panel on the left of the page.

Refind my results panel


  • Find out if a resource you want is available at a Library branch or can be accessed online based on the availability status:
    • Available at for physical items (such as print books, CDs and DVDs)
    • Online access for online materials (such as journal articles, eBook and conference proceedings)

example of physical and online book records in Search