CAT Quick Search

Search - Quick Search

Quick Search is the default search page in The CAT. Quick Search allows users to select from a powerful array of searches. From one screen it is now possible to perform any of the main search types; keyword, browse, or exact search. This enables users to quickly and easily select the search most appropriate to their needs.

Use Quick Search when you have a basic topic in mind, and want to get results quickly. Advanced Search should be used for more complex searches.

Quick Search performs three types of searches: Keyword, Browse and Exact. For each of these search types, you can also specify to search Authors, Titles, LC Subject Headings, and other indexes. If you find that your search retrieves too many results, consider using the limits available on the Advanced Search page to narrow your search.

To begin a quick search . . .

  • Type the word(s) or phrase you're looking for in the box provided. 
    Note: You can use Connectors (AND, OR, NOT) by typing them directly into your search box.
  • Select the type of search that you want to do: 
    • Keyword — a Keyword search looks for words anywhere in the record. Keyword searches are a good substitute for a subject search when you do not know the authorized subject heading form. Keyword may also be used as a substitute for a title or author search when you have incomplete title or author information.
    • Browse — the Begins With (Browse) search brings you an alphabetical list of Titles, Authors, Journal titles, Series, or Subjects that match the word(s) you typed.
    • Exact — use Exact when you want to find records that contain word(s) that match precisely what you've typed, and in the order that you typed them, letter-for-letter beginning with the first word you typed. (more information on Exact search)
  • Select a specific index to search: 
    • Keywords Anywhere (searches the entire record);
    • Topic: Title + Subject; 
    • Author; 
    • Title; 
    • Journal Title; 
    • Series; 
    • LC Subject Heading or 
    • Medical Subject Heading.
  • Select a Library to limit your search to a specific library location, if you desire.
  • Press the Search button to begin your the search.