A basic search using inKUire is a keyword search against the items we have local access to:
With inKUire, you will find items including scholarly journal articles, newspaper articles, eBooks, audio files, and video files. A simple search of one or two words will return thousands of results; use phrase searching, field searching, and facets to refine your search and return fewer results.
Use the "Add results beyond your library's collection" option to include records from other library catalogs, articles from journals to which we don't have subscriptions, and records from databases to which we don't subscribe. You can request most of these items via Document Delivery Service
Keep in Mind...
Searching Specific Fields
inKUire will search across many fields automatically. For example, entering an ISBN, ISSN, or call number will bring back records related to those fields.
You can explicitly search a field using the strategy: field:(search terms). For example, the search title:(Art of Creative Teaching) finds records that contain those words in the title.
Use quotation marks with this strategy to find records with exact phrases. The search title:("Art of Creative Teaching") finds records with that exact phrase in the title field.
Using Boolean search syntax (AND, OR, NOT) will bypass features of the inKUire relevancy system (for example, stemming, proper name matching and so on). As a result, Boolean results will not mirror the results of non-Boolean queries. Boolean searches, depending on how they are written, can either limit or expand your search.
Boolean Searching Examples Using AND, OR and NOT
When two or more terms or expressions are adjacent with no intervening Boolean operator, an AND is assumed. For example, if you search for:
you will get the same results when you search for
earthquake AND fault
To expand the results, use the OR operator. For example, if you search for:
microcircuits OR nanocircuits
your results will include items containing either term or both terms.
To search for phrases, enclose the phrase in quotes. Use any of the operators combined with phrase searches. For example, if you search for
"teacher education" OR "educator training"
your results will include either complete phrase.
To exclude items in a inKUire search, use the NOT operator or minus sign (-) character before a term. For example, the query
mustang NOT animal
will exclude items that refer to the horse, but will include references to the Ford Mustang.
You can add parentheses to nest expressions within a query. For example:
(Paint OR Glass) Applied
is the same as a search for
(Paint OR Glass) AND Applied
Paint OR Glass Applied
is different. This is the same as a search for
Paint OR (Glass AND Applied)
Wildcard searches expand a search and will increase the number of results returned. inKUire supports two wildcards: the question mark (?) and the asterisk (*). Wildcards cannot be used as the first character of a search.
The question mark (?) will match a single character. For instance, the search "wom?n" will find both "woman" and "women."
The asterisk (*) will match zero or more characters within a word or at the end of a word. A search for "sustainab*" will match "sustainable" and "sustainability."