Search Tips & Tricks

There are many ways to search the Library catalog. For most searches, you'll find the refining options in the right side will meet your needs. But you can also make your search more specific by typing special characters directly in the search box.

Default Search Behavior

Normally, the entire AHML collection is searched for the terms you type in the search box. The search ignores capitalization, commas, periods or the order in which the terms were typed. So the search james patterson will return the same results as Patterson, James even though they are ordered and capitalized differently.
If you search for multiple words, it is assumed you want to find things that include both words. The search results will display all items that have both words, but they may not necessarily be next to one another within the item's information.
The results of the search james patterson will include the audio-book Eclipse. It is found because book is written by Richard North Patterson and read by Peter Francis James.

Matching Exactly

If you want to match a phrase exactly, enclose it within quotations when you type it in the search box.
"pizza dog"        vs        pizza dog

Excluding Items

To exclude certain terms from a search use an exclamation point (!) or a dash (-) like this:
vampires !Rice        or        vampires -Rice
This search will return a list of items which contains the word vampires, but not the word Rice. This would be perfect for finding books about vampires if you've read all the Anne Rice books.

Broadening a Search

If you search for multiple words, it is assumed you want to find items that include both words. Sometimes it’s an either or situation.
You can broaden your search by typing OR (must be capitalized) between words in the search box.
This search will return items that contain either the word Jupitor or the word Pluto among their information.
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6.012 Patron-Generated Content

The Library offers various venues in which patrons can contribute content that is accessible to the public.  These include, but are not limited to, blogs, reviews, forums, and social tagging on the Library’s website and catalog.  Any instance in which a patron posts written or recorded content to any of the Library’s venues that are accessible to the public is considered “patron-generated content” and is subject to this policy.
By contributing patron-generated content, patrons grant the Library an irrevocable, royalty-free, worldwide, perpetual right and license to use, copy, modify, display, archive, distribute, reproduce and create derivative works based upon that content.
By submitting patron-generated content, patrons warrant they are the sole authors or that they have obtained all necessary permission associated with copyrights and trademarks to submit such content.
Patrons are liable for the opinions expressed and the accuracy of the information contained in the content they submit.  The Library assumes no responsibility for such content.
The Library reserves the right not to post submitted content or to remove patron-generated content for any reason, including but not limited to:
  • content that is profane, obscene, or pornographic;
  • content that is abusive, discriminatory or hateful on account of race, national origin, religion, age, gender, disability, or sexual orientation;
  • content that contains threats, personal attacks, or harassment;
  • content that contains solicitations or advertisements;
  • content that is invasive of another person’s privacy;
  • content that is unrelated to the discussion or venue in which it is posted;
  • content that is in violation of the Library’s Code of Conduct or any other Library policy