Learn how to perform a basic search in FirstSearch.
Perform a basic search
- Select a database from the Search in database drop-down list.
- Enter one or more search terms in any of the following index form fields:
Note: If you are searching for an exact phrase, enclose the phrase in quotes.
- Keyword - Includes information from Authors, Titles, Subjects, Notes, and ISBNs. Use this index if you are unsure of the correct title or subject.
- Author - Includes authors of books, actors and directors of movies, and company names.
- Title - Includes words from the title and translated or variant forms of titles.
- ISBN - Includes publishing industry standard 10- or 13-digit identifiers for books, videos, and sound recordings.
- Year - This index can be searched for an individual year or for ranges of years.
Note: It cannot be searched without at least one other index.
- Click Search.
Examples of a basic search
|You are looking for:||try using the terms:||in this index:|
|the effectiveness of natural herbs when taken to prevent the common cold.||"common cold" AND natural
"common cold" AND herbs
|all publications using The Owl and the Pussycat as a title||the owl and the pussycat||title|
|anything written by John Easton (browse the author index to check for name variations before searching)||easton john
(Enter last name first. Use the Advanced Search for common last names.)