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UMW Libraries
Simpson Library | Special Collections

Information Evaluation: Tools for Searching

Search Strategies

  • If you know the book you are looking for, use the UMW catalog.  Use Advanced Search to combine author and title.
  • Use quotation marks to search for a phrase, as in "Latin America" or "Literary Criticism".
  • Use the options under "Refine My Search" to narrow your results.
  • The Virtual Shelf Browse will allow you to see what books are shelved near the one you've found.  You can browse the shelves without coming to the libray!
  • Sign into the system to request that a book be held for you, or to request a scan of parts of it. 

Search the Catalog

If you are looking for a book or DVD, sometimes it's easier to search just the library catalog.

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Search Everything with Quest

Quest is the library's discovery tool.  It allows you to search across most of the library's databases, electronic resources, as well as the Library's catalog. 

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