Keyword Search

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. aggression) or combine keywords with AND (e.g. child and physical 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).

When BraveCat opens, make sure to select Pembroke (see image below). You can always search the consortium later if you require more resources.


Note: in BraveCat (or any other database) do not search using large phrases. Group concepts together using AND. Example: Do not search treating teenagers with severe behavior problems. Do search adolescents and behavior. Keep it simple!

Note: in the example above, we are using truncation (the *) symbol to search multiple word endings, and we are also nesting (putting similar keywords together inside parentheses, connecting each word with OR) to expand the search to include either behavior or aggression, etc. (see image above).

This video will show you how to access and search BraveCat (this method also works in other databases) - Play Video

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What keywords will treat* search for?
    d.All of the above
    e.None of the above