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Search Tips

Adjacency Multiple words are searched together as one phrase, except in the case of least relevant results (see Results Ranking tab) where the word AND is placed between keywords.
Example: world health organization
Wildcards Words may be right-hand truncated using an asterisk, "*" for open-ended truncation, "?" to replace a single character anywhere within a word.
Examples: environment* polic*, inter**, wom?n
Boolean Operators Use "and" or "or" to specify multiple words in any field, any order. Use "and not" to exclude words.
Example: stocks and bonds
Example: (alaska or canada) and (adventure and not vacation)
Proximity Operators Use "near" to specify words close to each other, in any order.
Example: california near university

Preferred Searches

If you have a favorite author or subject for which you often search when using the catalog, you can save the search with the click of a button. This will prevent you from having to key in the search each time and you can even have the search run automatically, sending an email notice when there are new items matching your search terms!

How to:

  1. Log in to My Library Account following links on the library home page.
  2. Search for your favorite author, subject, title, etc. or create an advanced keyword search including limits to material type, language, publication year, etc.
  3. When your results are displayed for the search that you want to save, click the button marked "Save as preferred search".
  4. The next time that you log in to My Library Account, you can click the "Preferred Searches" button to see a list of your saved searches.
  5. Click on the search link associated with any of the preferred search terms in the list to quickly execute your search.
  6. You can be alerted of new materials added to the library collection which match your searches. Just check the "Mark for Email" box and be sure that your patron record information includes your current email address.

Reading History

Patrons may keep a record of the University Library materials that they check out. (Please read the disclaimer below before opting into this service.)

How to:

  1. Log in to your My Library Account following links on the library home page.
  2. Click on the "Reading History" button.
  3. To activate Reading History, click on the "Opt In" button.
  4. From this point on when you check out UL owned materials (this service does not work with OhioLINK materials), your checkouts will be recorded and accessible in your Reading History.
  5. If you want to "remove items" from you reading history fill in the mark box, and hit the Delete Marked button. You may also use the delete all button.
  6. If you want to deactive "Reading History" hit the Delete All button, and then the Opt Out button.

Disclaimer: The information that you allow to be collected in your Reading History is not protected by any privacy laws. Although the Jerome Library server uses secure connections into your library account, there is no guarantee that your personal reading history is absolutely secure from other users on the network.

Any records retained by an individual or institution, including your Reading History, could be subpoenaed through the proper legal channels. University Libraries will protect a user’s privacy to the fullest extent possible. However, under the Ohio Public Records Law, library records are not exempt from disclosure.