A title search allows you to browse for items by title, including series titles (e.g. Studies in Psychology) and journal titles (e.g. Newsweek, Journal of Religion).
Start at the beginning of the title (excluding initial articles). Type as much of the title as you want in the correct order.
Omit initial language articles - even in foreign languages (a, an, the, le, la, etc.), but include articles within the title:
hobbit - not the hobbit
ninos de la guerra - not los ninos de la guerra
express - not L'Express
If an initial article is part of a proper name, include it in your search:
Los Angeles Times - include the article because it is a proper name
Do not drop initial prepositions:
On Wall Street - retain "on" in the title, as it is a preposition, not an initial article.
Apostrophes, colons, semicolons, and case are ignored by the catalog when searching:
Sophie's Choice - Same results as "sophies choice"
Use abbreviations or initials only if that is how it appears in the title. If you aren't sure of the proper form, try searching both ways:
dr. strangelove - not doctor strangelove
doctor zhivago - not dr zhivago
Periods should be included when they appear within an abbreviation. Please note that abbreviations in titles do not consistently have periods and that you might have to check under both forms. The catalog uses the form that appears on the item:
a.j. ayer a life - not aj ayer a life
u.s.a. today - finds the item by Erskine Caldwell
usa today - finds the newspaper
If the item was published in the United Kingdom or the British Commonwealth, try the British spelling if you don't find what you're looking for:
color and color theories
colour and colour theories
Numbers may be either spelled out or in numeric form. Try both ways to be sure you find all items:
twenty thousand leagues under the sea
20,000 leagues under the sea
The following special characters can be included in title searches: +, #, $, @, %, but also try your search with the symbol spelled out to be sure you find all items:
C++ - also try C plus plus
symphony #2 - also try symphony no. 2
You can restrict your title search just to the words you enter by using the vertical bar ("|"). This can be helpful when looking for items with short titles that otherwise would retrieve many more items than desired:
Uniform titles are titles added to catalog records to bring together items that have complex or variable titles. Religious, legal, literary and musical works are likely to have uniform titles. Some examples:
Bible. Latin - finds Bibles in Latin
Sonatas guitar - scores or recordings of guitar sonatas
If you retrieve too many entries from your title search, click on the Limit/Sort button to narrow down your result set.
If you aren't sure of the beginning of your title, or know only some of the words, try a keyword search.
Please contact a Reference Librarian for assistance with the problem you're having.