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Refining Your Search Results

There are many ways to refine a Library Catalog search to make you fewer results, but contain more results useful to your research.

Refining Options

  • You can narrow your results to make them more relevant using the following options:
    • Online Access
    • Libraries
    • Formats
    • Media
    • Subjects
    • Authors
    • Languages
    • Places
    • Scope


  • After you have completed a Library Catalog search:
    • 500 Internal Server Error

      Internal Server Error

      The server encountered an internal error and was unable to complete your request. Either the server is overloaded or there is an error in the application.

    • you may have to scroll down to see all of the options
    • if you do this, your number of results will be fewer, but more relevant