Using SearchWorks: Searching the library catalog and articles+: Advanced search
This guide provides general tips on using SearchWorks and the articles+ search feature to find materials in the Stanford Libraries catalog and across a wide range of subscribed databases.
When to use advanced search
Use advanced search when you need to:
combine two or more specific fields
search by publisher or place of publication
combine two or more values of a limit
items in either the Music Library or Archive of Recorded Sound
Journals and Newspapers published in Spain
do complex Boolean logic
In many cases, a simple search will be effective to find a title + author:
All fields: history man bradbury
The correct item will typically be in the first 2-3 results.
Find everything by or about Picasso in the Art Library.
Limit to Library: Art & Architecture
The results will not include ~300 works that mention Picasso in a content note or review, or other minor mention. These additional items would be retrieved in a simple search, but would be ranked at the end of the results.
You can create complex Boolean logic using AND, OR, and NOT (all in upper-case) and parentheses for nesting.
What is searched in each field
All metadata, except call numbers
title variant (including former title)
series title (also searchable in a separate field)