Answered By: Carrie Ottow
Last Updated: Nov 16, 2016     Views: 13

Hi -

I'm sorry you are having trouble with the catalog.  It can be tricky to search sometimes.  The default search is a very broad keyword search, so when you search "Ed Klein" it is retrieving records that have "ed" and "klein" in them.  It sorts by relevancy, so if we had any books with the author of "Ed Klein" they should be at the top of the list.  Looking at the search for "Ed Klein" I got a lot of hits, but didn't see any that were relevant.  In a case like this you can specify that you want to look for the words in the author field by typing:  au:Ed Klein.   I tried this and didn't get any results, so perhaps the author is listed under Edward Klein, or Edmund Klein?  

Often if I don't find an author I expect to find I will try searching a title instead.  If you can find a title by that author you can check the form of the author's name to see if you have it right.  Unfortuately, our system doesn't always catch typos or different forms of names, so correct spelling is important. 

Another way to limit your search if you are getting too many results and they don't seem relevent, is to use the limiters (called facets) on the left side of the search results.  You can limit by format (book, DVD, CD etc) or by date, collection, or language. 

I hope this is helpful.  Please let us know if you have more questions.

Reference Librarian

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