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What advanced search options are provided for expert searchers?

All WorldCat Discovery Services users can use keyword, advanced, and command-line searching. These options are available in patron and staff views. The search labels supported by the Discovery interface are different than FirstSearch in Quick reference. For more information on the differences and searching the Discovery interface, see Searching in WorldCat Discovery.

Advanced searching options include the use of search labels, restricting searches to individual databases, and limiting searches to your library’s holdings.

Command-line searching allows expert searchers to create complex search strings incorporating index labels and Boolean operators.

For tutorials on searching, see the WorldCat Discovery Training page.