Quick Search Help

Quick Search lets you search in specific parts of a record when you are looking for a specific piece of information. It lets you create a more narrowly tailored search. Available fields include date, title, author/presenter, citation, location/jurisdiction, publisher/producer, notes/comments, and URL.

For example, suppose you know the title of a book and want to search for its record so you can see who publishes it and where to buy it. You can use Quick Search to put the book title into the title box.

  1. First, choose the topic (or topics) you're interested by clicking in the corresponding box(es). Once you select a topic, you will see a checkmark beside it. Read more information about each topic in Database Topics Defined.
  2. You can choose as many topics as you want. You can choose to search all topics at once by clicking in the box at the top of the list next to Select or Deselect All.
  3. If you select a topic then change your mind, simply click in the box again to deselect it. The corresponding checkmark will disappear, meaning that topic is no longer selected.
  4. Next, choose the type of records you want to find from the list of resources in the middle of the page. Again, you may select as many as you wish.
  5. Scroll down to the third step. Here you can fill in specific information you know about the items you seek:
    • Keyword: Words placed in the keyword box can be located anywhere in the resulting records. Put words or phrases here when you don't know where in the record they might show up.
    • Date Range: refers the date the article or book was published, the date the video was created, the date the conference was held, etc.
    • Title: refers to article or book titles, court opinion names, conference or conference session titles, titles of courses, titles of organizations
    • Author/Presenter: refers to authors of books or articles, presenters at conferences, presenters of audio or video programs
    • Citation: refers to the citation of the printed version of the article or case
    • Location/Jurisdiction: refers to the location of an organization, location of a conference, location of a class, jurisdiction of a court opinion or piece of legislation
    • Publisher/Producer: refers to the publisher of a book or producer of an audio or video program
    • Notes/Comments: refers to the abstract and other notes that are provided about the resource
    • URL: refers to the URL of the web page where you can find either the resource itself, or find out more about it
  6. Click on Search to retrieve a list of records.