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You can perform a basic search or an advanced search for a bibliographic record using the Federal Publication Locator.
To perform a basic search, select a search index from the drop-down list on the main basic search page. You may choose from the following search indexes:
Once you have chosen a search index, type your search term in the search entry window. You can search for a word(s), phrase or number. You may use upper or lower case and most search terms do not need punctuation. Click the "Submit" button to complete your search.
An advanced search for a bibliographic record allows you to search up to three indexes using the Boolean operators "and", "or" and "not".
The Federal Publication Locator also allows you to limit search results by date, format, language and publication type.
To limit your search by date, select an option from the drop-down list and then type the year in the box using the format YYYY (e.g. 2004) for a single year or YYY# (e.g. 199#) for a decade.
To limit your search by language, format, or, publication type, select an option from the selected drop-down list. The default "Any" searches all languages, formats, and, publication types.
Click the "Submit" button to complete your search.
You can broaden your search with two wildcards "?" or "#".
Use the "?" to replace zero or more characters. Never start a term with "?". (e.g. neighb?r)
Use the "#" to replace a single character; multiple "#" replace multiple characters. Never start a term with "#". (e.g. ethiopi#n)
Be precise with your term: healthy aging is more precise than aging.
To search for an exact phrase, use "quotes" to search for the words together rather than as separate words (e.g. "acid rain").
The Federal Publication Locator presents the list of items that your search has retrieved on the Results screen. For each result you see the main author, title (underlined), edition, place of publication, publisher and date. The Locations button appears if the item is held by a Union Catalogue Library.
You can sort your search results by:
A blank files before a letter; a letter files before a number.
To see the full record for a particular item, click on the title. If you have only found one item, the full record will display immediately. To view the full text of an electronic publication, click on the hyperlink for that publication located next to the E-LOCATIONS tag.
To select more than one record on your results list, first click the boxes to the left of the desired records and then click the Display Selections button.
If you selected several records, the Federal Publication Locator shows them one by one. Use the Next and Previous buttons to move from one selection to another.