Modify Search

What is a "Modify Search?"

The Modify Search feature can only be used after a Keyword Search. It allows the same limit functions that are available through Limit/Sort. You can add additional keywords to your search statement and sort results.

How do I modify my search?

After you have completed a Keyword Search:

  1. Click on the "Modify Search" button. This will take you back to the Keyword Search screen.
  2. Add any additional keywords and set the pre-limits. You can use multiple criteria.
  3. Set the "Search and Sort" option. It is automatically set to sort by relevance.
  4. When you are ready, submit the search or hit "Return".

How do I sort my results?

Use the sort option, "Search and Sort". It offers several options:

  • Title
  • Date
  • Relevance

Publication dates

Enter your From and To dates. You can leave either empty to force an upper or lower bound for dates. If you leave From empty and enter 1990 in the To field all retrieved items will be published on or before 1990.

Material Type

Use the Material Type to restrict your search to the formats below. Note that the default setting "ANY" does not apply a limit.

  • ANY: No limit applied
  • Books/Journals
  • Maps & Atlases: Limits to atlases and sheet maps
  • Music recordings: Musical recordings on CDs, LPs, tapes, etc.
  • Music Scores: Limits to musical scores
  • Spoken Word Recordings: Speeches, readings, etc. on CDs, LPs, tapes, etc.
  • Videos & DVDs: Limits to projected media, including slides, filmstrips, and daguerreotypes
  • Realia
  • Graphics/Photographs

Electronic format

Electronic formats can be limited to the formats below. The default setting "ANY" retrieves all documents, including print resources.

  • ANY: No limit applied
  • Web Resources: Limits to web resources listed in the catalog
  • CD-ROM: Limits to databases, multimedia presentations, etc. on CD-ROM


The Journal limit restricts results to items that are published serially, such as magazines, journals, electronic journals, newspapers, yearbooks and annuals. The default setting, ANY, does not apply a limit - it retrieves all items regardless of format. TIP: To limit your results to electronic journals, set the Electronic format limit to "Web Resources" and set the Journal limit to "Journals/Newspapers."

  • ANY: No limit applied
  • Journals/Newspapers: Limits to journals, magazines, newspapers, annuals, and irregular serials

Government Documents

This limit allows you to restrict your search to government publications published at the federal or national level, including publications by governments other than the United States. This limit does not apply to documents published by state or local governments, nor does it include those published by international organizations, such as the United Nations.


The Manuscripts limit only applies to actual manuscripts, not facsimile editions. All manuscripts are located in Rauner Special Collections.


If you are looking for books written in Spanish (French, or English, etc.), set the Language menu to the one you need. The twenty most frequent languages in the library catalog are listed by order of frequency. If the language you need is not in the list, you can execute your search using a Language Code. See the list of language codes and instructions on their use.


Enter a keyword from the publisher's name in the limit box, such as Knopf or Norton.

Where Item is located

This limit allows you to restrict your search results to a specific library. Limits are available for the following locations:

  • Baker-Berry Library
  • Dana Biomedical Library
  • Feldberg Business & Engineering Library
  • Kresge Physical Sciences Library
  • Library Depository
  • Matthews Fuller Health Sciences Library
  • Paddock Music Library
  • Rauner Special Collections Library
  • Sherman Art Library

If you want to limit your results to a collection not on this list, such as Dana Reference or Baker/Berry Tower Room, you will need to use the appropriate location code.

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