Tips for Searching the Nebraskaccess Site
Basic Search Tips: Short search terms are usually the most effective--1 to 3 words is best. Long searches generally do not produce good results--especially if they contain non-essential words. All words in your search string will be ANDed together, so each additional word reduces the number of matched documents. If your search is unsuccessful, try using fewer words and only key words.
Information about the history of Nebraska
Better: Nebraska history
Many powerful features are available which allow you to construct more precise and effective queries. See the Search Features Summary section below for details.
Search Features Summary
||Use the asterisk (*) for truncation.
Example: new* matches
new as well as newsletters, newspapers, etc.
Word stemming is also supported. Example: sink** will match sink, sinking, sank, and sunk
|Case Sensitivity:||Case is ignored. Exception:
AND, OR, NOT, NEAR are treated as Boolean operators
only if capitalized.
|Boolean Searching:||All search terms are treated as Boolean
strings unless enclosed in quotes. NEAR is the default
operator (AND, OR, and NOT
are also supported). The words AND, OR, NOT
and NEAR are only treated as Boolean operators if
you capitalize them; otherwise they are treated as
|Grouping:||Grouping terms is NOT supported--parentheses are ignored. However, an implicit grouping of any ANDed terms always occurs.|
|Phrases:||To find exact matches for a
multi-word term, enclose it in quotes. For
|Stop Words:||The following words are ignored,
unless the search is enclosed in quotes: about,
after, all, also, an, another, any, are, as, at, be,
because, been, before, being, between, both, but,
by, came, can, come, could, did, do, each, fact,
from, get, got, has, had, he, have, her, here, him,
himself, his, how, if, in, into, is, it, like, make,
many, me, might, more, most, much, must, my, never,
now, of, on, only, other, our, out, over, said,
same, see, should, since, some, still, such, take,
than, that, the, their, them, then, there, these,
they, this, those, through, to, too, under, up,
use, very, was, way, we, well, were, what, where, which,
while, who, with, would, you, your
|Word Length:||Single characters, including
single-digit numbers, will be ignored.
Use fewer search words - one or two key words is usually best.
If you are looking for:
- Event Dates - try the Library Calendar
- Library-science related books, periodicals, and resources - try the Library Commission's Online Catalog
- Nebraska laws, facts, statistics, etc. - try the State of Nebraska Web Site
- State or Federal Government Publications - try the Library Commission's Documents Online Search
- Library Commission Staff - try the Library Commission Staff Directory
- Nebraska Library addresses, phone numbers, hours, staff, etc. - try the Nebraska Library Directory online.
You can also
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