Using BraveCat


BraveCat is accessed via the World Wide Web. No login or password is necessary. Go to the Library's webpage at Click the BraveCat link. Then click the Search BraveCat link.

BraveCat provides a number of ways to search for materials in the Library. The most common searches are Keyword, Author, and Title.There are other searches and more functionality under the Advanced Search link (see image below).


Keyword Search

The Keyword Search is a very broad type of 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., aggression) or combine keywords with AND (e.g., child and emotional abuse ). You can interchange different words with similar meaning (such as teenager and adolescent) using OR (e.g., teenager or adolescent).

You also can search keywords as a phrase inside quotation marks (e.g., "no child left behind"). You can also truncate words with an asterisk * (e.g. prevent* = prevented, preventing, prevention, and prevents).



Note: in BraveCat (or any other database) do not search using large phrases. Group concepts together using AND. Example: Do not search public health services for homeless people -- instead search homeless* and public health (see image above).