Keyword Search

BraveCat provides a number of ways to search for materials in the Library. The most common searches are Keyword, Author, and Title. The default search should be keyword (A). Enter your keywords in the search field (B). And make sure that the location is set to Pembroke (C) (see image below).

The Keyword Search is a very broad type search. You can search for any combination of words in the various parts of a catalog record: the title, the author's name, subject terms, and the notes fields. You can search for single keywords (e.g. cloning) or combine keywords with AND (e.g. Islam and women). You can interchange different words with similar meaning (such as college and university) using OR (e.g. college or university).

You also can search keywords as a phrase inside quotation marks (e.g. "women in combat"). You can also truncate words with an asterisk * (e.g. prevent* = prevented, preventing, prevention, and prevents).



NOTE: Searching by Subject can be very difficult because subject searching uses a very specific language called Library of Congress Subject Headings. You should typically use the keyword search instead of the subject search.

NOTE: In BraveCat (or any other database) do not search using large phrases. Group concepts together using AND. Example: Do not search "effect of nutrition on intelligence in elementary school students." Do search "intelligence and nutrition and child*"