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POLAR FAQ

Questions relating to POLAR - the online library catalog.

Keyword Search

The default search in POLAR is a Keyword search. 

Keyword searches look for all the words in your search in any place in the record.  

Title Search

Title Searches look only at the title field of a record. 

The title search will locate a work given with all or part of the title, however the words must be in the correct order.

Author Search

Author Searches look at all authors in a record. 

Authors should be searched by their last name first. For common last names providing the first name also will help find the correct author.

Example:

Smith
Smith, Joan

Subject Search

Subject Searches look for the terms only in the subject field. The subject field contains words and phrases that are in a pre-set list of authorized subject headings.

The best way to search by subject is to find a record that has subjects that relate to your search and click on the hyperlinked subject.