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Online Catalog Tutorials - Basic Searching


Now, back to that search box. The primary fields of the online catalog which most people are interested in searching are the "author," "title," and "subject" fields. There are a number of other fields included in the record, and much of that information will be useful to you as you evaluate the resource, but when doing a "basic search" you won't worry about them.

Look for: drop-down menu. This is called a drop-down menu. You will see menus like this on many Internet sites. If you click on the arrow, the box will expand and "drop down" to give you different options to choose from.

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