Answered By: Your Library Team
Last Updated: Mar 14, 2017     Views: 126

You can search very easily in StarPlus. Just type one or more words you are looking for and click the Search button.

N.B. StarPlus assumes that you are searching for all the words you type unless OR or NOT are specified between the words and phrases.


How do I do more with my search?

Phrase Searching

  • To search for a phrase, type quotation marks around the phrase. You can combine both words and phrases in your search. For example, to search for global warming, type "global warming" in the search box.

Searching for any specified word or phrase

  • You can search for items that contain at least one of the words or phrases you type in the Search box. To do so, type OR between the words or phrases.  For example, to search for items with the word Irish or the word Celtic, type irish OR celtic in the search box.

Excluding words or phrases

  • You can exclude items that contain specific words or phrases. To do so, type NOT and then type the word or phrase to exclude.
  • For example, to search for items with the word Celtic and exclude any of these items with the word Irish, type celtic NOT irish in the search box

Searching Using Wildcard Characters

  • You can include the following wildcard characters in your searches:
  • ? enter a question mark to perform a single character wildcard search.
  • For example, type wom?n to search for records that contain the strings woman, women, and so forth.

* enter and asterisk to perform a multiple character wildcard search.
For example, type cultur* to search for records that contain strings, such as culture, cultural, and culturally.


N.B. StarPlus will ignore wildcard characters placed at the beginning of search terms. For example, the system treats the search terms ?aying and *aying as if you had searched for aying.


Grouping Terms  Within a Query

You can use parentheses to group terms within a query. For example, to search for Shakespeare and either tragedy or sonnet, type Shakespeare (tragedy OR sonnet) in the search box.