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Library Catalog Quick Start Guide

This is a guide to assist patrons using the VDOT Research Library's online catalog, which helps patrons find and use print and online library resources.

Simple Search

'Simple Search' is just that. Just type in a keyword or phrase and click "Search" to get results. Results are displayed in Relevancy or title order depending on your set-up. 

Screen capture showing the Simple Search box.

Step 1: Type in the Term(s) you want to search for: Enter a single keyword, multiple keywords, or an exact phrase (a text string within "quotation marks").

Simple search box with terms in it.

Step 2: Click 'Search" to launch the search. You can also click 'Start Over' to clear the field and resume searching. You'll notice that search your terms will appear highlighted in the results that display on the screen, and the number of unique records matching your terms is also displayed:

Screen capture showing simple search results

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